Quarter of adults concerned over elderly drivers

More than a quarter of adults think that their elderly relatives should quit driving, according to a new study.

Driving makes them “unsafe”

The data comes from insurance provider RIAS, who specialise in car insurance for the over-50s, as part of the ongoing Road Safety Week campaign.

A total of 750 adults over 40 were polled by the company, with 80 per cent saying that they felt their elderly relatives’ driving ability wasn’t up to scratch, and over a third feeling they’re unsafe.

However, three quarters of those asked admitted that they hadn’t made any effort to confront their relatives to suggested ways that they could sharpen up their driving habits to be safer on the road.

This news comes just a day after a leading pensions campaigner has called for the “frail pedestrians” road sign to be binned as it portrays older people as infirm or lacking in fitness.

Dr Ros Altmann, who is due to meet with Equalities Minister Jo Swanson to discuss the axing, claims that older people get stigmatised as being incapable, even when that may not be the case.

Hundreds of elderly drivers on the road

Incredibly, there are actually more than 200 drivers currently on British roads who are over the age of 100, with the centenarians showing no signs of slowing down or wanting to pack it in.

One driver, 100-year old Mary Walker, who recently featured in an ITV documentary titled 100 Year Old Drivers, said: “It’s exhilarating, going fast. People that drive slowly, they frustrate you.”

Many of those elderly drivers haven’t even officially taken their driving test, as the formal driving exam wasn’t introduced until 1935.

However, despite popular opinion, research conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory earlier this year has suggested that younger drivers are more of a risk than older ones.

The research has shown that a total of 12 per cent of serious car collisions involve teenage drivers, even though they make up just 1.5 per cent of the total driving population.

Additionally, Ford revealed earlier this year that as many as one in three young British drivers have admitted to taking selfies behind the wheel of their cars while driving on the roads.

Ford’s data showed that taking a selfie at the wheel can distract drivers for as long as 14 seconds, which is enough time to travel the length of five football pitches at 60mph.

The Institute of Advanced Motoring has also recently claimed that too many young people die on British roads, suggesting that education and new legislation be introduced to combat road deaths.