Drivers concerned over elderly behind the wheel

NEARLY half of all drivers in Hampshire are worried about an elderly relative behind the wheel according to a survey.

The study taken by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) charity revealed that 40 per cent of drivers in the county do not want older relatives driving – but are unlikely to do anything about it.

Now the charity is calling on the Government to introduce a national strategy of driving health checks and putting out better information for elderly drivers and their families.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “Driving is associated with independence, so giving up the car keys can be a very stressful process.

“This is especially true for drivers with dementia as they often underestimate the impact of the condition on their driving skills.

“With ever increasing numbers of elderly drivers, this is a growing mobility and road safety issue that won’t go away. The government needs to act now.”

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10:59am Sat 29 Mar 14

Forest Resident says...

Retests which become more frequent with age should be mandatory, not only do our physical capabilities deteriorate over time but the volume and type of road users change, and with it the way in which one must safely use the roads.
Retests which become more frequent with age should be mandatory, not only do our physical capabilities deteriorate over time but the volume and type of road users change, and with it the way in which one must safely use the roads. Forest Resident
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7:58pm Sat 29 Mar 14

geoff51 says...

Forest Resident wrote:
Retests which become more frequent with age should be mandatory, not only do our physical capabilities deteriorate over time but the volume and type of road users change, and with it the way in which one must safely use the roads.
This from a person who uses a mode of transport that requires no training, no license, no insurance and is often ridden by someone with an IQ bordering on stupid.
[quote][p][bold]Forest Resident[/bold] wrote: Retests which become more frequent with age should be mandatory, not only do our physical capabilities deteriorate over time but the volume and type of road users change, and with it the way in which one must safely use the roads.[/p][/quote]This from a person who uses a mode of transport that requires no training, no license, no insurance and is often ridden by someone with an IQ bordering on stupid. geoff51
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