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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Tonbridge and Malling car accident

    Problems for older drivers and how to avoid a car accident

    There are many arguments for young vs. older drivers. Younger drivers tend to pay higher rates for insurance, due to being statistically more likely to get into an accident and having less experience on the road.

    However, insurers are also less comfortable insuring drivers over 65, because of various issues which can make them a less safe option as well. Over the age of 65, there are issues which can affect how likely an older driver is to spot a hazard and avoid it, and although this isn’t the case with every older driver, you will be expected to take a test more often or possibly pay more in insurance.

    Here are some of the things which can cause problems for older drivers.


    The older you get, the worse your eyesight gets. This is a fact that will affect everyone as they begin to get older. Most people begin to get more long-sighted, but you may also suffer from other problems which make it difficult to see the road.

    Over the age of 65, you should get regular eye tests and make sure that you are always wearing your prescribed glasses on the road.

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    Your reaction time is likely to slow as you get older, making it more difficult to prevent accidents. You may not be able to brake as quickly if someone pulls out in front of you, or if an accident happens close by. For this reason, it is best to keep a little extra space around you on the roads.


    As you get older, your hearing may start to deteriorate. Although this may not seem like a big problem in a car, as you are mostly using your eyes, it can mean that you miss important signs on the road like emergency services sirens. Try to avoid distraction such as conversation or music, so that you can hear what you need to hear.

    If you do have a Tonbridge and Malling car accident

    If you have a Tonbridge and Malling car accident which was not your fault, the fact that you are an older driver should not affect your ability to claim compensation for your injuries. In order to get the best possible claim put together, you will want to work with an experienced injury lawyer who can represent you in your claim.

    Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to speak to the team about your Tonbridge and Malling car accident and find out how you can go about making a claim. Our team will provide you with advice and support throughout your claim to make the process easier on you.

    Date Published: 12th June 2014

    Author: David Brown

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