September 6, 2013

Tips for Older Drivers

Getting older is a part of life; but it needn’t mean the end of your driving life. Here are some of Britannia’s top tips for ageing drivers:

– Be aware of your limits. With age, other factors become more prominent, such as an increased susceptibility to fatigue. Avoid driving long distances if you are not sure if you are up to it.

– Check up on your health and fitness regularly. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are safe behind the wheel. If a new condition is diagnosed or a new treatment is begun, always ensure to ask if and how this may affect your ability to drive.

– Linking to this previous point, once over the age of 70 you will have to declare any medical conditions that may limit your ability to drive to the DVLA. While this may sound daunting, in most cases there are safety measures that can be taken to enable you to remain a driver as long as possible.

– Reapply for your licence – After your 70th birthday, you will have to reapply for your licence every 3 years. This is merely a formality in most cases, as there is no test to retake or any medical, however you will have to make a medical declaration at this point to determine your fitness to drive.

Statistics show that drivers over 80 are still better drivers than those in their teenage years – so don’t let driving become an issue as you get older… you are simply enjoying the ride for longer!

Safe driving from Britannia!

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