Should the elderly resit their driving test? It’s a question that has prompted passionate responses on both sides of the argument. It’s a question born out of fear of the severity of road traffic accidents and a desire to minimise the risk of them occurring. But is it a fair solution?
Making the elderly resit their driving test is fair
Yes, making the elderly resit their test is perfectly fair. On this side of the fence, the main arguments focus on the quality and safety of the driving of elderly people. Almost every motorist has a story of a time they had to react quickly to avoid a traffic accident because of the actions of an elderly driver. Other common complaints typically include:
- They tend to drive so much slower than the speed limit, it becomes dangerous
- They have slower reactions and instincts than other road users
- Their judgement of braking distances, tight turns and lane width is not as good as it once was
- They have a higher tendency to get lost and make confused decisions
- Deteriorating eyesight means they are sometimes unable to spot incidents on the road up ahead and adjust accordingly
These are all undoubtedly examples of the kind of driving that leads to car crashes and other incidents on the road. However, is it enough to justify making the elderly resit their driving test?
No, making the elderly resit their test is not fair at all
People on this side of the fence would argue that elderly drivers are far from the most dangerous drivers on the road. On the contrary. With experience comes an understanding of the roads, the cars, the weather conditions and what to do in certain situations.
They would also point out that it is typically other driver demographics that end up in road traffic accidents. That is extremely rare to see a pensioner tearing down the outside lane of the motorway well above the speed limit. And that it is even rarer to see an elderly person on a speed awareness course, or found to be driving an uninsured vehicle.
Whatever side of the fence you’re on, one thing we can all agree on is that the aftermath of a road traffic accident can be a traumatic time. If the accident wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline is here to help win you the compensation you deserve. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobile.
Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice