UK Government statistics show that there are 5.6 million older people (70+) in the UK with a full driving license. While it is fantastic to see that there are so many older people that are still able to enjoy independence, you will also find that older drivers can be at higher risk on the road often due to slower reaction times and/or mobility issues. So, what can older drivers do to ensure safety on the roads?
What Can You do to Improve Driving?
One of the key considerations for an older driver is the vehicle that you drive. In order to stay safe on the road, you need to have a smaller car that is comfortable, easy to drive, and comes with a range of safety features.
It is also helpful to avoid long journeys where possible and to use a sat-nav so that you do not have to worry about finding where you are going. You should keep distractions to a minimum while driving and keep the car clean and tidy at all times. A regular eye test is also helpful to ensure that it is safe for you to drive.
Many older motorists also find that it is helpful to have a dash cam fitted so that you have evidence if you are ever involved in an accident that was not your fault. Dashcam footage can improve your chances of making a successful personal injury claim in the event of an accident.
What Help is Available for Older Drivers?
If you find that you are losing confidence as an older driver, or you have a loved one that is concerned, then there is help available. You can take the AA free confidence course as a way to refresh and rebuild your confidence behind the wheel or you can sign up for the Institute of Advanced Motorists’ Mature Driver’s Assessment course to improve your abilities as an older driver.
Many people also decide to give up driving or reduce their mileage when they get older, which can be a good option if you find yourself struggling or losing confidence. Free bus passes are available when you reach the state pension age, and this can be a great way to get around. Alternatively, these days it is easy enough to book a taxi or Uber to get to where you need to go without having to worry about driving.
Hopefully, the advice in this post will prove to be useful for a senior driver and help you to feel more confident behind the wheel.