Home Menu Search

Maintaining mobility for older drivers

14 April 2010

New research shows that older drivers are the safest.

Despite the myths, the 3.7 million drivers born before World War II are amongst the safest people on our roads. RoadSafe supports the view of The RAC Foundation that forcing them to take compulsory retests will limit their mobility, be hard to police and do little to reduce accidents. This view is supported by a major piece of research by Elizabeth Box, Julie Gandolfi and Kit Mitchell published today which explores the issues surrounding keeping older drivers on the road in a safe manner

This view is supported by further research published by The IAM Motoring Trust in January which showed that drivers over 70 are no more likely to cause crashes than any other driver, and are considerably safer than younger drivers.

Public debate needs to focus on older drivers' opportunities to self-regulate, and away from stressful retesting, or licensing restrictions.

The Full report from The RAC Foundation is available here.

Related news, events and information

National Road Safety Conference 2016

19 April 2016 – Story from Road Safety GB The first two confirmed speakers for the 2016 National Road Safety Conference will...

YDF issues call for papers from road safety professionals

5 October 2016 – Story from RoadSafety GB. The organisers of Young Driver Focus have issued a call for papers from road safety...

Driving test often as important as academic results.

28 April 2016 – Driving test often as important as academic results. Almost one in six jobs requires the applicant to be able...

Young Driver Focus 2018

31 October 2017 – Story from Road Safety GB. Young Driver Focus 2018 is once again being staged at the Royal Automobile Club in...

Supporting Safe Driving into Old Age

4 July 2016 – The recommendations are made by the Older Drivers Task Force which today publishes Supporting Safe Driving into...

Older drivers in the workplace

22 April 2016 – Story from NIOSH Older drivers at work bring extensive skills, knowledge, and experience built over the course...

Guidance on Behaviour Change

26 April 2017 – Developing road safety interventions is an intensive and time-consuming activity and it is essential to develop...

Young Driver Focus 2018

31 October 2017 – It is jointly organised by FirstCar, Road Safety GB and the RAC Foundation, in association with the young...

New online portal maps resources for older drivers

2 November 2016 – A new online portal of motoring research relating to older and disabled consumers has been launched. The...