Tuesday 8th March 2011
Be Wiser Insurance

The government needs to stop its "ageist" approach to road safety and instead target those whose skills behind the wheel are lacking, according to a motorist body.

In response to news that officials may request people are retested on the road once they hit 70, the Association of British Drivers (ABD) has claimed that the "great majority" of elderly motorists are safe and able. Such a way of thinking throughout the industry could lead to older people paying car insurance policies benefiting from a drop in price.

The ABD chairman said that retesting "is not the way to go".

"[Older drivers] should be encouraged to be aware of the dangers of failing faculties but should not be subject to blanket testing," he remarked.

The value of experience is often vastly underestimated in drivers. It is true that many elderly motorists drive in a slower and more cautious manner, but this means they seem to have less accidents. There are, of course, those whose shouldn’t drive due to medical conditions such as poor eyesight and heart conditions and these may pose a risk to the rest of the driving public. However, perhaps instead of a driving test which may not pick up these issues perhaps more frequent medical tests would be more appropriate.

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