Would you still pass your driving test?

Carlton Boyce / 03 February 2016 ( 20 January 2017 )

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Drivers over 50 have no fear about being re-tested, as half say they are happy to take a driving test when they turn 70 to prove they are safe to be on the road, according to research by Saga Car Insurance.

The poll of more than 9,000 over-50s showed that six out of 10 think it’s a good idea to re-test people regularly when they reach a certain age; perhaps this is because they are confident they will pass.

Those under 50 years old are also in favour of re-testing older drivers (83%) and seven out of 10 younger drivers claim they would be happy to take another driving test when they reach 70.

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The research also shows that around one in six over-50s have taken a break from driving for a variety of reasons. 

The most common reasons for taking a brief break from driving is because of illness, injury or operation (61%), if they didn’t need to drive because a partner did all the driving (19%) or because they didn’t have a car (12%). 

Another reason someone may give driving a break is if they have been injured in a road accident, knocking their confidence behind the wheel. That's why Saga Car Insurance offer a two-hour driver confidence course provided by the AA Driving School if you or the authorised driver are injured in an accident whilst driving your vehicle, if you've opted to take out Legal Protection when insuring your vehicle.

Sue Green, Head of Car Insurance at Saga, commented: “Driving is really important to our customers as it helps them keep independent and engaged with society. Older drivers are often safer than young drivers but we recognise that it’s important to refresh your skills, especially if you have had an accident whilst driving."

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