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Older drivers ‘should stay active for as long they can’

Written by: Neil

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) believes more should be done to ensure older drivers are not needlessly giving up their licence when statistics show many are extremely safe when out on the roads.

Figures from the Department for Transport show that older motorists (aged 60-plus) are far less likely to be disqualified from driving as a result of dangerous practices than young road users (under 30).

In response, the IAM has launched its new Mature Drivers Assessment (MDA), which it hopes will encourage many older and more experienced motorists to assess their skills rather than simply hanging up their car keys when they hit a certain age.

Regional centres have been created across the UK to provide MDA opportunities for drivers, with the tests looking at areas including vehicle control, awareness, safety and overall driving standards.

It is hoped that the scheme will give anyone concerned about the quality of their driving as they get older the chance to receive an impartial second opinion, while the campaign to highlight the project also aims to change public attitudes to older drivers, as many are among the safest road users out there.

IAM chief executive Sarah Sillars said: "Practical campaigns are needed to help keep all road users safe, and the MDA serves to keep older drivers driving for as long as it is safe to do so.

"The car offers older drivers the prospect of sustained safe mobility for many more years to come so an IAM MDA could be one of the best investments you ever make."

 

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