Judge calls for relatives to check on road-worthiness of elderly drivers

13th August 2012

One of Britain's leading judges has called on relatives of elderly drivers to make doubly sure they are fit to be behind the wheel.

Just recently, research carried out by Saga found that a high proportion of motorists over the age of 50 neglect carrying out regular car maintenance, placing both themselves and other road users at risk.

Now, on the back of an accident that saw a 90-year-old driver kill another motorist after going the wrong way down a dual carriageway, Justice Keith Cutler at Winchester Crown Court has urged relatives of people who are still taking to the road in later life to make sure they are safe to do so.

"If there is any message that should come from this it should be that the elderly and those that care for them – their families and doctors – should think very, very carefully about whether the elderly should still be able to drive on the road," he said.

The Saga research also found that Londoners are the most likely to eschew car maintenance, with less than one in ten of the capital's over-50s carrying out tasks such as changing their batteries or oil filters on a regular basis.

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