In response to reports today suggesting that older drivers should be subject to compulsory retesting, Paul Green, head of communications at Saga comments:Sunday 19 September 2010
In response to reports today suggesting that older drivers should be subject to compulsory retesting, Paul Green, head of communications at Saga comments:
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.
Retesting people's ability to drive appropriately is less a matter of age and more a matter of attitude and ability that perhaps ought to be tested periodically through out ones driving life.
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