Report on older drivers

The IAM has published findings on older drivers’ attitudes to driving

The report, called “Holding back the gears” used 32 drivers, from eight different age ranges as a sample size performing in a variety of test to measure driving behaviour, reaction times, visual ability and behaviour, driver attitudes and physical ability. The results generally found that driving experience made this age group better at hazard perception and adjusting speed appropriately. It is estimated that by 2032 there will be almost 2 million drivers over the age of 80.

The full report can be found here:

http://www.iam.org.uk/images/stories/policy-research/the-ageing-process-and-driver-safety.pdf


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One Response to “Report on older drivers”

  1. Ken Lines says:

    The report found – “The results generally found that driving experience made this age group better at hazard perception and adjusting speed appropriately.”

    No argument – I have long considered this to be true, experience is a great teacher.
    Yet, despite these findings I find that I am still being penalised because of my age.

    After my last renewals neither my car policy nor my ‘bike policy carry the entitlement to ‘Drive cars or other vehicles not belonging to me nor hired to me under a hire purchase agreement’. When I asked why these endorsements had been removed I was told it was ‘Because of your age Sir’. I’m a fit, active 79 year old who still enjoys track-days and still does near 400 mile round trips in the car in a day. In 63 years of driving and riding I have two ‘My fault’ accidents, both at low speed and one of those was some 50 odd years ago. This record, however, appears to count for nothing. Mind you they could not give me a satisfactory answer as to why my Honda CBR6RR-7 is cheaper to insure (Fully comp, like for like) than my ageing Toyota Carina Auto.

    Ken Lines.