More than 1 million drivers aged 80+: Britain has 122 motorists who are more than 100 years old
Many may complain about older slow drivers on rushlane each day because of their disregard of those who’re trying to zip by. However, going by statistics, this group of driver’s isn’t one you can ignore. The number of drivers aged 80 or over has crossed the million mark with over 660,000 men and 350,000 women octogenarians getting behind their wheels regularly in Britain.
The number attributes for about 3% drivers on British roads and includes 65,000+ people over 90 and 122 over 100 years old. There are also three 105 year olds and a 106 year old woman in the count. In comparison, there are just 682,000 drivers in the 17-19 year age group.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists attained these numbers from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency through a Freedom of Information request.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive had this to say. ‘Older people need their cars which give them better mobility and access to more activities and services.’ ‘Those who wish to continue driving beyond the age of 70 should only be prevented from doing so if there are compelling reasons.’ ‘Rather than seeking to prevent older people from driving, we should make them more aware of the risks they face and offer them driving assessments to help them eliminate bad habits.’
At present, motorists over 70 years old are required to declare medical conditions to the DVLA while the system has drawn plenty of criticism in regards to why unfit or dangerous drivers aren’t identified and kept off the road. Sir Stirling Moss, ex Formula One (F1) driver had advocated for driving tests ‘every five years after the age of 70’.
Road stats show serious injuries and deaths for 80+ age group drivers is 3times less than in 17-19-year old drivers. In fact, when grandparents drive children, they’re safer. This group is even skilled when it came to responding to risks.