Older driver strategy essential, says IAM

12th March 2012

The Institute of Advanced Motoring has called on the government to introduce a national strategy to support the UK's ageing car-driving population.

It comes after the release of a report from the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (Pacts) which showed the notable rise in older motorists over the past few years.

According to the findings of the study, only 15 per cent of over-70s held a driving licence in 1975, compared with a figure of almost 60 per cent in 2010.

The 60 to 69-year-old age bracket was similarly up, with 80 per cent of this group holding licenses today, with many likely to continue to drive for the next 20 years.

In many of these instances, motorists could struggle with the day-to-day maintenance of automobiles, with tyres requiring regular monitoring to ensure maximum safety.

Commenting on the results, IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “With the number of drivers over the age of 80 now over one million, a strategy for this area is essential.

"We should make them more aware of the risks they face, and offer them driving assessments to help them eliminate bad habits," he added.

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