More people are are driving for longer than even before. Today, two thirds of people aged 70 and over still hold a driving licence, compared with less than 40% in the mid 1990s.
However, recently released road casualty figures for 2019 show a 9% increase in the number of people aged 60 and over killed in road collisions (from 588 in 2018 to 638 in 2019).
Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist says older drivers can stay safer for longer by reflecting on their driving, and by knowing where they can get expert safety advice.
Few key tips to help seniors stay safe behind the wheel…
- Get fit and stay fit. If possible, do some exercise for 15 to 20 minutes each day. Get a regular eye test. This allows early detection of possible problems.
- Get a driver MOT, such as GEM’s experienced driver assessment. It’s an enjoyable way of updating your skills.
- Make sure the car you drive best suits your current needs.
- Adapt your driving to avoid journeys that cause you stress or discomfort.
- Reflect on your driving, learn from your mistakes and near misses. Don’t pretend they’re not happening..