How's your confidence now

I read the other day about these people who run assessments for us older drivers.

Some older drivers don’t see or hear too well, or their reactions might not be as quick as they were, but they still drive.
For example, the old gentleman across the road from me is 90-ish, a dear old chap, but frail now, and I am not convinced at all that he is still safe on the roads.

If/when I may need to give my car up, I would be so lost.
I haven’t got a husband, or half a dozen kids or grandkids that would take me places, or bring my shopping in, or take me to the docs.
It’s all very well having groceries delivered, but they are not going to come out with an order if you only want a pint of milk and a loaf of bread, are they!
How would I get my dogs to the vets, get to the bank, or take stuff over the Tip, etc?

So how would you manage if you’d driven most of your life, and then couldn’t any more?

Would you ever consider anything like the assessments these people offer for older drivers?
Do you think you would still pass?

Mups, there are a lot of folks who have never been “Driven”, that is concerning.

That’s no answer!

Some won’t realise when the confidence has dispersed.

Mups its been ten years, have you ever got an answer?

Yes, I know. I fear that’s how the old chap nearby is.
Thing is, would WE know if it was happening to us?

You have got a few observations though. :grinning:

You still haven’t answered the question.
Would you go on that older persons driving assessment, or not?

Probably, just to expose the imperfections of the observer.

And, if I could lay my hands on my glasses :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

If you find your specs, you won’t keep tripping over the zimmer, too. :smiley:

My local county council used to run free older-driver assessments, consisting of a 2-hour appraisal by a driving professional and a 1-hour review 3 months later. I took the opportunity to have my ancient skills appraised - they were considered adequate except for my tendency to be “quick off the mark”, which, TBH, was due to my car being brand-new and “sporty”. When the review came around, I made sure to moderate my enthusiasm … :wink:

I’m not so sure about all of this I would need to see the stats regarding car accidents and how many involve the “elderly” compared to all the other driving thugs on the roads??


In Great Britain in 2019, 203 drivers aged 60 and over were killed in road collisions, while 1,867 were seriously injured and 7,844 were slightly injured.

The risk of being involved in a collision increases after the age of 70, but up to that age drivers are no more likely to cause a crash than to be the victim of another road user’s mistake. However, drivers over 70, and especially over 80, are more likely to be at fault when they crash.

Self-assessment is a good first step:

Self Assessment Checklist

This short checklist is designed to help you consider whether your driving is changing. You could also ask someone who knows how you drive, such as a family member, to fill it in and compare their answers with yours.

The comparison, in some cases, will be “enlightening”.

The next step will usually be:

Refresher Driver Training

A driving assessment may recommend some refresher driver training, or you may just decide you’d like some yourself. There are a range of options, including:

  • Short assessment drives
  • Courses for anxious drivers or people who have not driven for a long time
  • Courskills, such as towing or parking
  • Courses for older drivers
  • Driver development training (often provided by employers)
  • Advanced driver training and tests

At the very least, read the latest edition of The Highway Code, which is free online or can be bought from most bookshops - it’s probably changed since you last read on specific

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thank you Omah - succinct as ever - sound advice but the problem is how do you get it out to the ancient masses?? Tv may be the best way - radio - newspapers - OAP clubs etc etc

Prior to the pandemic, local councils in the borough contacted registered organisations for those over 60 and provided literature to be passed around members and on to non-members. It was very successful, since those who had taken the opportunity for appraisal relayed their positive experiences to friends and relatives - I was informed by a friend.

This may be out of date now but, in the North-West, driving assessment centres were easy to find:

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so the old ways still work then?? jolly gumboils!!

Yeah … I heard it through the grapevine … :+1:

I think the individual would have to recognise that their driving standards were falling short of what is acceptable, not easy if you have no one to tell you

One of these will fill that vacancy for me :point_down: