Press release


Tuesday 26 February 2013

In response to today's RAC Foundation/Transport Research Laboratory report about older drivers and how best to decide whether they are fit to drive, Paul Green, director of communications at Saga comments:

"In an aging society we need to ensure the needs of all road users are met.  Our experience tells us that drivers who are 50+ have around a third fewer claims than younger drivers.  Whilst it is true that people in their 70s, 80s and 90s have more accidents per mile, they drive far fewer miles and they tend to adapt their driving to the conditions.  As a result claims are more typically for low speed and manoeuvring prangs.

Whereas teenage drivers and young men have more accidents than any other age group.  Their belief in their driving ability outstrips the actualité leading to more serious accidents often at speed that result in serious damage to people and property.

We believe that the decision about whether somebody is fit to drive is more about their ability than their age.  People, whatever their age, should be given as much support as possible to help them make a decision about their ability to continue driving, perhaps harnessing the expertise of the medical profession in making these decisions would give many the confidence to choose what is right for them.

Having an accident can knock a person's driving confidence, to help them regain it we offer a free driver confidence course for Saga Motor Insurance customers with Legal Protection who are injured in an accident.”