Sunday, 21 December 2014

One in five motorists aged over 50 thinks they are not fit to be on the road and would fail their driving test if forced to resit it . . .

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One in five motorists aged over 50 thinks they are not fit to be on the road and would fail their driving test if forced to resit it

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  • One in five drivers over 50 do not think they should be on the road
  • They fear they would fail their driving test if they were forced to re-sit
  • Six out of ten of the middle-aged motorists surveyed believed their driving had changed over the years 
More than one in five middle-aged motorists over the age of 50 do not think they are ‘fit to be on the road’ and fear they would fail their driving test if forced to resit, a new report reveals today.

And a third of those in their 60s believe drivers should be forced by law to retake the L-test at the age of 70 as eyesight worsens and reactions slow, according to the poll by insurance company RIAS.

But a resolute third of those aged more than 70 believe people should never have to re-sit the test at all. And two in three over-70s do not believe motorists should ever be forced to stop driving – whatever their age.

The survey is part of the RIAS ‘Drive-Fit’ report published today and is based on responses from 750 drivers aged over 40. 

It concludes: ’One in five drives over 50 don’t think they are fit to be on the road.’ 

A third of those aged 70 or older believe people should never have to re-sit their driving test at all.

It showed that more than six out of ten of the middle-aged motorists surveyed believed their driving had changed over the years. Just over a quarter said they drove more slowly now than they used to.

But nine out of ten of those in their sixties as many again of those over 70 did not worry that physical impairments might affect their driving.

But the report notes: ‘This level of confidence is despite the fact eyesight starts to deteriorate between 41 to 60 years of age. Further research has revealed that accidents caused by poor driver vision are estimated to cause 2,900 casualties and cost £33million a year.’

The RIAs report also cites industry data showing that drivers aged 70+ have the highest proportion of third party personal injury costs. 


Current UK regulation means drivers must renew their driving licence every three years after they turn 70. But these drivers need only declare that they are fit and healthy enough to drive. No proof is required by law (stock)

It says: ‘Although the number of accidents amongst the over 70s is lower than other age groups, the injury costs of their accidents is far higher.’

Current UK regulation means drivers must renew their driving licence every three years after they turn 70. However these drivers need only declare that they are fit and healthy enough to drive. No proof of this is required by law. If they say they are not, then a re-test will be demanded. 

The report says: ‘As the UK has a developing ageing population, there are now more older drivers on the road than ever before. 

'The report found that the average older driver took their driving test 40 years ago with nearly half of over 70s having taken their test more than half a century ago.'



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