Ten tips to help if you're worried about an older driver
If you're an older driver yourself or if you are worried about an older relative or friend who is still driving, our tips will help you continue to drive safely, or decide for yourself when it's the right time to think about stopping.
The number of older drivers on the roads has been increasing steadily and this is expected to continue . By 2030 more than 90% of men over 70 will be behind the wheel.
On 25 November 2015 the General Medical Council published a public consultation in which it proposed changes to guidance to GPs on patient confidentiality and suggesting that GPs must tell DVLA about patients who continue to drive when medically unfit.
By 2035 there will be 21m older drivers on UK roads enjoying the freedom and utility that private transport provides. However, it is everyone’s interest that our older motoring population drive safely and within their abilities.
Currently drivers over 60 have fewer crashes than younger age groups and the vast majority manage their driving by, for example, avoiding driving at night or at busier times of the day. Many also know when to give up and try to adjust their lives to having no car.
More and more drivers are expected to continue driving into much older age and so it is right that checks and balances are in place to ensure that drivers receive appropriate advice and guidance as well as stern words and help with practical steps should they appear to be a risk to themselves and to others.
(updated 25 November 2015)