The number of people aged over 90 holding a driving licence in Britain has topped 100,000 for the first time.
Figures from the DVLA also show more than 4.5 million of the 39 million people holding valid driving licences are aged over 70.
Hampshire is shown to have the second highest number of Older Drivers outside London.
Our Chair, Rob Heard, has over the last few days been doing many interviews on the subject.
Here at the Older Drivers Forum we have for many years identified an ageing population and have been supporting older drivers to continue driving for as long as they are safe to do so. We recommend that all drivers don’t become complacent about their abilities but consider undertaking voluntary driving assessments to brush up their skills and reduce the risk of any bad habits which we all pick up over the years. We have found that by undertaking voluntary driving appraisals and regular eyesight tests you reduce your risk of being involved in a collision and assist in allowing you to continue driving safely.
You can find out about what courses appraisal we recommend by visiting our Courses page by clicking here. The below video is from BBC Radio Solent and features John McEvoy who is 81 year old and recently undertook a ‘Drivers Skills 60+’ assessment with Hampshire County Council.
‘Without my car… I’d feel like I’ve been abandoned’ Click here to view
There are 4.9 million drivers over the age of 70 in the UK.
Currently those aged over 70 have to reapply for a licence every three years but there is no physical test involved. In 2015, Polly’s friend, Ian Massey, died after he was knocked down by an elderly driver who was driving the wrong way up a dual carriageway in Leicestershire.
In the wake of Ian’s death, Polly, who is 75 years old, has decided to voluntarily take a driving assessment which will determine how safe she is on the road and whether she can continue driving. If she fails, Polly will lose her independence as she says her inability to drive will leave her “trapped in” her house and cut-off from the world.
To view this film which gives an good overview of the scheme Click here