Older drivers often receive a bad rap regarding their ability to stay safe when driving, but road safety and breakdown specialist GEM Motoring Assist believes there are many ways to remain a safer driver as we advance in years.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth has argued there is no such thing as a strict time limit on a person’s ability to drive safely. Instead, road safety should be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Top tips of safer driving
One of the most important aspects of safe driving is the ability to remain physically comfortable behind the wheel and to react quickly when needed. These are each aspects of physical and mental fitness that older drivers must take into account.
That said, there are a number of tips older motorists can follow to maintain their ability to drive safely for longer, such as:
– Get fit and stay fit. If possible, take part in exercise for 15 to 20 minutes each day.
– Reflect on your driving, learn from your mistakes and near misses. Don’t pretend they’re not happening.
– Plan journeys to avoid busy times and the likelihood of high-stress situations.
– Take regular eye tests.
Honesty and self-reflection essential
Summing up, Mr Worth stated: “Self-reflection starts with an acceptance that we’re all more vulnerable on the road than we think we are. It includes a willingness to recognise the situations that may lead to increased risk, and to ask where, when and why they occur.”
He argued that “learning from those situations” can be the best way for senior motorists to stay safe on the roads.
Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Motorists who are advanced in years need not give up their independence and stop driving. However, they should be honest with themselves and keep as fit as possible to stay safe behind the wheel.”