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Record number of drivers over 90

Posted in General News on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

The number of drivers who are aged 90 or older has risen above 100,000 for the first time according to statistics obtained by the DVLA. These statistics also show that 4.5million of the 39million people that hold a driving licence in the UK are over 70 years old. These drivers are required to fill in a self-assessment every three years to say that they are medically fit to drive.  Despite this precaution, drivers over 70 are now believed to be among the safest drivers on Britain’s roads. In 2016, a study conducted by Swansea University indicated that drivers over the age of 70 are between three and four times less likely to be involved in a car accident than those drivers aged between 17 and 21. Professor Charles Musselwhite, from the Centre for Innovative Ageing, who conducted the study, commented: “We've looked at those statistics in depth and we don't think that as a cohort older drivers are any more dangerous than other road users."

In July 2016 a report written by the Older Drivers Taskforce stated that, according to police records, the risk of a driver over 70 colliding with a pedestrian is 50% less than a 25 year old driver. Bob Barret, an 87 year old from North Yorkshire, has taken a number of driver refresher course to make sure that he continues to drive at a high standard, Bob  said: “I am getting older, my reactions are perhaps getting slower and I thought it was time. I want to feel happier with my driving and that other people are happy with it too. Driving helps to keep my independence and I'd like to keep that as long as I can, so long as I can do it safely."

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M.Zulfiqar's Gravatar

Wednesday, August, 2nd, 2017

I will be 79 next week with a clean driving licence. Still paying over £800 for annual insurance. Why don't I get cheaper insurance.