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Too old to drive? Most Brits don't tell their elders to stop

Date: 19/11/2014 05:34:27
Category: Car tracking
Author: Jack Stanton

Although most Brits accept that they'll stop driving at the age of 78, two thirds won't tell their older friends or relatives to stop getting behind the wheel.

A new survey conducted by carrentals.co.uk, which had 1,466 UK drivers as participants, has revealed that 73 per cent of Brits surveyed know someone over the age of 80 who still drives, even though others think they might be too old. Deteriorating eyesight is said to have the biggest impact on driving ability.

While 62 per cent of people think that drivers should have to undertake an assessment when they hit 70 years old in order to be declared fit for the road, 60 per cent of respondents do not think there should be an upper age limit.

Earlier this month, telegraph.co.uk reported that Scottish prosecutor fiscal Alasdair MacDonald has called for stricter tests on elderly drivers, referring to a case three years previous when a 30-year-old cyclist was hit and killed by a car driven by a 93-year-old woman in the Scottish Highlands. The driver of the car, Alice Ross, told police she had blacked out at the time of the collision due to a medical condition.

Gareth Robinson, managing director of Carrentals.co.uk, said: "We cannot solely rely on legislative changes. If a person complains that their eyesight is getting worse, or their reaction times are noticeably slower, suggest they see their GP or optician for a check-up.

"By simply asking questions and taking some responsibility for your friends and relatives' wellbeing, you reduce the risk of a serious accident."

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