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to support the idea of re-testing pensioners driving

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dhdjdbrjrkbr Mon 02-Feb-15 20:36:58

Last week a guy in his 70s down my road accidentally demolished a bit more of his wall driving into it as he's going blind. God knows what he's done when out and about. I drive 2 hours a day, lots on country lanes where is nsl and often someone turns into an road in front of me and I have to do an emergency stop. Reactions and awareness do decrease with age. Especially as there is a UN versal bus pas it doesn't seem that mean to me.

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Andrewofgg Mon 02-Feb-15 20:42:16

You are right, but it won't happen. That's a demographic that votes, and so do their middle-aged children.

hoobypickypicky Mon 02-Feb-15 20:46:09

YANBU but I'm biased having had the devil's own job to get my father's license revoked.

He has alzheimers, early stage Parkinsons and incredibly poor eyesight. The combination of the latter two has turned his once beautiful script to resemble the handwriting of a child. Regular re-testing would have dealt with the problem long before I was able to.

cozietoesie Mon 02-Feb-15 20:50:12

YANBU. I recall driving briefly with my father (formerly a superb driver) a few years before his death and while his eyesight was OK - with corrective glasses - his road sense and perception was all to heck.

HedgehogsDontBite Mon 02-Feb-15 20:51:53

I'm on the fence. On the one hand my dad continued driving way beyond what he should have. He had Parkinson's and his feet would completely freeze all of a sudden. He was also in the early stages of dementia. There's no way I would have got in a car with him in the last 6 months he was driving.

But I believe that statistically pensioners are safer drivers.

AuntieStella Mon 02-Feb-15 20:52:07


Or the entire motor insurance industry is wrong in how it sets its premiums.

SurlyCue Mon 02-Feb-15 20:52:11

I think everyone should be tested every 5 10 years.

soverylucky Mon 02-Feb-15 20:54:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ChippingInLatteLover Mon 02-Feb-15 20:55:44

YABU. I know a lot of over 65 year olds who drive completely safely. My 85 year old Aunt is still a brilliant driver. There's no more need to test this age group than any other.

If you think the bus service is so fantastic, why aren't you using it instead of driving?

cozietoesie Mon 02-Feb-15 20:56:56


I rather suspect that there are a legion of elderly drivers who may have cars (for the sake of their 'independence' - a notion much cherished by my Dad) but who don't actually use them much. Or have the keys removed by more careful children under the guise of 'mislaying them'.

That would skew blunt insurance industry stats more than a little.

Chattymummyhere Mon 02-Feb-15 20:58:18

We had a old man nearly make us crash today so I support it..

First he slammed on his brakes on the parkway with a clear road infront of him, then when we started to come off onto a slip road he nearly drove into the side of us, we moved over then he decided not to join but to go straight ahead.

There was a news story last year of a 70 year old lady driving down the wrong side of the park way in our city another just stopped in the middle of the parkway.

HedgehogsDontBite Mon 02-Feb-15 20:58:33

No, no, no to being tested every 10 years. My driving is fine but I disintegrate into a complete nervous wreck under that level of scrutiny. I had to sit my test multiple times in the first place, without lessons in between. The issue was overcoming the nerves. One examiner kindly suggested I take tranquilisers before my next test blush.

dhdjdbrjrkbr Mon 02-Feb-15 20:58:40

I'm not using the bus service as I can't afford it (two bus services to get 26 miles to work and 14 pounds a day) and isn't regular enough to get me to work full time. If I was retired I'd love to give up the car tbh.

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seaoflove Mon 02-Feb-15 21:00:00


My FIL is 76 and blind as a bat and can't navigate to save his life. He shouldn't be driving.

Also used to have an elderly, very infirm neighbour who could barely manage the few steps from his front door to his car. I used to cringe every time I saw him drive off.

ilovesooty Mon 02-Feb-15 21:02:25

Lots of people will still be working in their 70s.

GP s can still report anyone concerning them to the DVLA and plenty of people in their 70s are perfectly safe.
After all, not too many if them steal cars, drive without insurance and take to the wheel under the influence of drink and drugs.

silveroldie2 Mon 02-Feb-15 21:03:05

I agree OP. One of my cars was written off by a 94 year old coming out of a side road when I was on a dual carriageway. Also, I am 70 next year, have driven mostly in London all my life and never caused an accident but when my last car died I decided not to replace it, knowing that my driving would only deteriorate as I age. I don't want to be responsible for killing someone on the road.

Pooseyfrumpture Mon 02-Feb-15 21:03:29

I also think we should all be tested on a regular basis but financially/politically that's never going to happen, is it?

EdSheeran Mon 02-Feb-15 21:06:08

Hmm I don't now. Do the statistics indicate that older people are a risk to themselves and to others on the road? I was under the impression that it's younger drivers who need closely regulating and monitoring, not older people.

Ahchoo Mon 02-Feb-15 21:12:59

It's a hard one to call because there are some older drivers who drive perfectly well and woulf be mightily pissed off (and rightly so) at having to retake their tests. But, ultimately I think yanbu because I have seen they way my grandparents drive now compares to say, ten years ago, and there is a massive difference, their reactions are so much slower and their eye sight is poorer. My grandfather really shouldn't be allowed on the road at all. His driving is just terrible.

FillWithWineToActivate Mon 02-Feb-15 21:13:06

I think we should be retested but maybe with a computerised reactions test which would remove the stress element but weed out the dangerous / half blind few who risk lives everytime they take to the roads!

Chattymummyhere Mon 02-Feb-15 21:13:09

A couple of years old not more risk than some other groups but this shows the most risky are the Middle aged drivers

Chattymummyhere Mon 02-Feb-15 21:13:54

Sorry posted wrong bit that will teach me that's number of drivers

TweedAddict Mon 02-Feb-15 21:14:21

Everyone should be retested every 10yrs then every 5 after you turn 60. Make the roads so much safer

Chattymummyhere Mon 02-Feb-15 21:15:18

Try again

FillWithWineToActivate Mon 02-Feb-15 21:15:28

I definitely think there should be regular medical checks, I live in Spain and it is compulsory to have eyesight etc... checked every 5 years!

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