Posted by: benk1988 | November 16, 2009

The Time Has Come To Re-Test Drivers

 

A 70-year old man has died today after crashing his car into some railings outside a college in Winchester. It is unclear whether his death was as a direct relation to the crash or whether he suffered from some unrelated medical condition that took his life however, it does raise the question of whether or not people should have to resit their driving test once they hit a certain age.

I am unaware of the causes of the crash and fully acknowledge that more accidents are caused by the under-25s than anyone else and for all i know this gentleman may have been a fantastic driver. However it does seem odd to me that as people get older and their reactions start to slow there is no effort made by the state to ensure that they are still competent to drive. In many collisions involving older drivers it has been clear that the slow reactions of the drivers, regardless of age, have had an effect. Therefore surely anyone, regardless of age, should be re-tested if their eye sight and reactions begin to slow. The chances of them being more of a danger to themselves and other road users is undeniable and a time will surely come when the DVLA will decide re-testing of certain groups of society is a necessity.

This is not ageism and i stress that the gentleman involved in today’s accident may be entirely innocent of any bad driving and may have, for example, swerved to avoid an animal. But perhaps the time has come that some solid research is conducted so that we know once and for all whether re-testing will help protect road users.

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  1. Keeping Us Safe is a national company that has developed the “Enhanced Self-Assessment Program” for senior drivers.

    This individualized program has been designed to serve as a valuable tool in helping older drivers (and their families) make appropriate decisions regarding the future of ones safe driving career.

    If the individual is a safe driver, we provide him or her with strategies on how to remain a safe driver as they progress through the aging process.

    If driving retirement is the appropriate decision, then we provide the individual (and their family) with acceptable alternatives, resources and a very specific plan to ensure a smooth and successful transition from the drivers seat to the passenger seat.

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  2. That is a serious question you throw up Ben. I have seen older drivers that are becoming so reckless in driving – this is through personal experience. But because the highway code changes so much over the space of just two years many older drivers may not even understand half of what is in the code now, even if they could before.

    As times change, roads develop, life become different the way we do things change too. In my personal view i think the driving test is alot harder now then it was say 20 years ago. I had a coversation with my mother and she accepted she was a bad driver, she doesnt know how to cross roundabouts, doesnt know what lane she should be in, cant reverse park to save her life, she cant do motorway driving because she freaks out and she is only 45! My grandmother is now 77 and she cant drive on the motorway.

    I think that after a certain amount of years maybe 20 that older drivers should have a re-test to make sure they are fully equipped in knowing what has changed in society when it comes to driving.


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