Older drivers leading way in safety

Older drivers leading way in safety

Just short of a fifth of all motorists in Britain are over the age of 65 and they are safer on the road than many other groups of drivers, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

It is well known that the UK has an ageing population and this is clearly evident on the roads, the charity claims. DVLA driving licence data shows there were 7,191,192 people over the age of 65 with driving licences in November last year, 19% of the total number of motorists.

There were 4,068,498 people over the age of 70 still holding licences and 1,101,779 drivers older than 80. There were even 195 people older than 100 who hadn't given up their licences.

Just 5% of motorists older than 65 and 70 had points on their licence.

Of those older than 80, 3% had their licence endorsed. These rates are low compared to middle-aged drivers.

Drivers are most likely to have points at the age of 42. Around 10% of the 816,915 licence holders at that age have points.

The IAM says the data helps prove that older drivers are safer than those of other age groups. They may be slower in their reaction times but they use their experience to drive more carefully and leave more room to make up for it. This is often taken into account incar insurance costs.

Copyright Press Association 2014