Older drivers more capable

I WAS very amused reading the article in Wheels ‘Motorists concerned about older drivers’ and I am sure that a lot of other ‘older drivers’ must have had a good laugh.

I can only assume that the people who took part in the survey are the bad younger drivers who are making excuses for their own inabilities.
I have been driving for 48 years and have never had, or been involved in an accident. I think that all drivers should have sight tests every two years and send a certificate in to DVLA every five years or less as they get older.
I intend to go on driving as long as I am able, my car is my lifeline.
Anne Gatehouse
Hoskins Street Newport

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3:28pm Thu 30 May 13

ncfcr says...

More capable at driving 15mph below the speed limit, perhaps.
More capable at driving 15mph below the speed limit, perhaps. ncfcr

5:24pm Thu 30 May 13

dailoco says...

Well,what head in the sand reply to the letter about older drivers.I am 72 and drive a van for a local garage delivering parts all over the valley,s and have found that the idiots on the road tend to be young women either doing their hair or texting or even talking on a mobile. Plus the usual boy racers.the standard of driving is appalling by most of the drivers I encounter every day of the week.
So to the comment made look at your own standard of driving befor any comment you make about others.
Well,what head in the sand reply to the letter about older drivers.I am 72 and drive a van for a local garage delivering parts all over the valley,s and have found that the idiots on the road tend to be young women either doing their hair or texting or even talking on a mobile. Plus the usual boy racers.the standard of driving is appalling by most of the drivers I encounter every day of the week. So to the comment made look at your own standard of driving befor any comment you make about others. dailoco

7:02pm Thu 30 May 13

Bobevans says...

It is the under 27's that think older drivers are the most dangerous and they are the safest. The reality is it is the other way around the under 27's are the most dangerous drivers on the rod by a very wide margin and the older drivers are the safest

When younger drivers refer to older drivers going slow they mean they are not exceeding the speed limit . They think 30 mph means 50 mph ands 40mph means 70 mph and Amber Red light means put your foot down hard
It is the under 27's that think older drivers are the most dangerous and they are the safest. The reality is it is the other way around the under 27's are the most dangerous drivers on the rod by a very wide margin and the older drivers are the safest When younger drivers refer to older drivers going slow they mean they are not exceeding the speed limit . They think 30 mph means 50 mph ands 40mph means 70 mph and Amber Red light means put your foot down hard Bobevans

9:10am Fri 31 May 13

rhys1927 says...

Unfortuantely there are bad drivers in every age group but I honestly think the percentage of bad drivers within the older generation is higher as they have not adapted to the etiquette of the modern road

I travel over 100 miles a day commuting to work on the m4 and come across bad drivers of every age group. The frustration lies with the middle lane 'hogger' who fails to understand that the middle lane and outer lane are for overtaking only.

Yes the younger drivers need to slow down and be more aware but remember we were all inexperienced drivers once.

The 'older' generation refuse to believe that they are infact 'bad' drivers (because they have been driving for 40 odd years, it just means they have been driving badly for 40 odd years).

As soon as you reach 60 it should be mandatory to have an eye test every year along with a drs letter to continue driving. If you take the recent case of Cassie McCord in Chelsmford, Essex where an elderly driver refused to give us his licence and sunsequently killed a pedestrian its hard to disagree with this policy.

Everyone needs to be more aware of the road and traffic around them and subsequently slow down.
Unfortuantely there are bad drivers in every age group but I honestly think the percentage of bad drivers within the older generation is higher as they have not adapted to the etiquette of the modern road I travel over 100 miles a day commuting to work on the m4 and come across bad drivers of every age group. The frustration lies with the middle lane 'hogger' who fails to understand that the middle lane and outer lane are for overtaking only. Yes the younger drivers need to slow down and be more aware but remember we were all inexperienced drivers once. The 'older' generation refuse to believe that they are infact 'bad' drivers (because they have been driving for 40 odd years, it just means they have been driving badly for 40 odd years). As soon as you reach 60 it should be mandatory to have an eye test every year along with a drs letter to continue driving. If you take the recent case of Cassie McCord in Chelsmford, Essex where an elderly driver refused to give us his licence and sunsequently killed a pedestrian its hard to disagree with this policy. Everyone needs to be more aware of the road and traffic around them and subsequently slow down. rhys1927

10:06am Fri 31 May 13

ncfcr says...

dailoco wrote:
Well,what head in the sand reply to the letter about older drivers.I am 72 and drive a van for a local garage delivering parts all over the valley,s and have found that the idiots on the road tend to be young women either doing their hair or texting or even talking on a mobile. Plus the usual boy racers.the standard of driving is appalling by most of the drivers I encounter every day of the week.
So to the comment made look at your own standard of driving befor any comment you make about others.
I don't disbelieve you, but you can't do much to tackle individual stupidity other than perhaps introducing immediate bans for these kinds of offences in the first 5 years after passing your test.

What you can do something about is when an individuals faculties begin to deteriorate. I see plenty of elderly drivers on the motorway, hugging the inside lane, doing 40 mph, because they do not have the alertness required to do anything else - that is just dangerous. More should be done to ensure the continuing suitability of drivers at this age, particularly seeing as many of them never actually passed much of a 'test' in the first place.
[quote][p][bold]dailoco[/bold] wrote: Well,what head in the sand reply to the letter about older drivers.I am 72 and drive a van for a local garage delivering parts all over the valley,s and have found that the idiots on the road tend to be young women either doing their hair or texting or even talking on a mobile. Plus the usual boy racers.the standard of driving is appalling by most of the drivers I encounter every day of the week. So to the comment made look at your own standard of driving befor any comment you make about others.[/p][/quote]I don't disbelieve you, but you can't do much to tackle individual stupidity other than perhaps introducing immediate bans for these kinds of offences in the first 5 years after passing your test. What you can do something about is when an individuals faculties begin to deteriorate. I see plenty of elderly drivers on the motorway, hugging the inside lane, doing 40 mph, because they do not have the alertness required to do anything else - that is just dangerous. More should be done to ensure the continuing suitability of drivers at this age, particularly seeing as many of them never actually passed much of a 'test' in the first place. ncfcr

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