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Too old to drive?

In 2001 more than two million people, aged 70+ had a current driving licence. This number is expected to more than double to over four and a half million by 2015

While it is true motorists older than 70 drive far less frequently than other age groups, they already account for large number of fatalities. The death rate per mile traveled for drivers over 85 is four times that of the 30-59 age group. The only group more dangerous than senior citizens is teenagers. Senior drivers have special trouble judging speed and distances, which causes an disproportionate number of rear-end and left-hand-turn accidents.

Aging drivers, higher risks

The older drivers get, the bigger the risk they pose. A 2002 study found that drivers older than 85 pose a sharply higher risk. The report also said that crash rates for drivers with cognitive dementia were 7.6 times higher than other drivers.

But people 65 and older are the fastest-growing demographic in the UK.

Baby boomers are expected to live longer with better health overall than their predecessors, meaning more of them will be confident about driving greater distances and clutching their car keys well into their 90s. That's the fear of some traffic safety experts.

More elderly drivers on the road

Driving today is more difficult than ever because of more traffic, bigger vehicles and faster speeds. Increasingly, lawmakers are concerned about the future safety of the nation's roadways.

Are you losing confidence in your driving?

You may have years of experience behind you and feel that you know all there is to know about driving safely, but most of us will have picked up some bad habits during our years on the road. It only takes one bad habit to cause a fatal collision on the road, so having your driving assessed to brush up on the basic skills of the road and provide a boost to your confidence may be of great benefit to you.

We offer a one hour assessment drive aimed at giving you the confidence and reassurance needed to keep driving safely. You will receive a feedback form at the end of the assessment which is yours to take away.

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