Driving over 70

Posted by Julie Donovan on

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Driving over 70 years old
As a nation we are all living much longer and our health for the majority of us is getting better as we are eating more healthily, taking more exercise and the more serious ailments which were once untreatable, can now be dealt with through medication and/or treatment to aid a full recovery.

Research shows that one in ten drivers aged over 70 are not fit to be on the road and it is estimated that out of an estimated 500,000 motorists turning 70, 50,000 of those motorists will continue driving with poor levels of ability and 170,000 will stop driving too early.

None of us like to admit that as we get older our ability to carry out tasks and activities diminishes, our reaction times become slower, our sight gets weaker and we can become more confused and frail and it is very difficult to give up the freedom that driving gives.

There are stories of elderly drivers driving the wrong way up a motor way or making what initially was to be a short journey taking all day which can have serious consequences.

As the law currently stands once you reach the age of 70 you have to re-apply for your driving licence and then every three years after that. You must declare any medical condition which may affect your driving ability and this may lead to further testing. There is no formal medical testing and ones driving ability is largely left up to the individual driver. “You can decide when to stop as long as you don’t have any medical conditions that affect your driving,” says the Government’s direct.gov.uk website and there are helpful aids on this website if you are not sure what you need to declare.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents offers “refresher” courses for older drivers, known as Experienced Driver Assessments and you can find out more information about these courses on their website.  You can also find information here.

Those of us who wish to continue driving beyond the age of 70 should not be frightened to do so. 

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