Reflecting on performance keeps senior drivers safer

GEM Motoring Assist is advising elderly drivers to reflect on their driving to stay safe on the roads for longer.

To reduce potentially increased difficulties in driving and chances of an accident, senior drivers are being advised to reflect on their performance.

Road safety company GEM Motoring Assist have issued this advice as part of their Still Safe to Drive campaign to help elderly drivers stay safer in their vehicles for longer. It says that working out where drivers are struggling will help them to plan to make adjustments to keep them safe.

Statistically, young drivers are more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than an elderly person although research from the RAC Foundation in 2010 suggests that people over the age of 80 could be at an increased risk.

Elderly drivers also tend to be less likely to take to the roads in situations where they do not feel confident, which means many avoid driving at night, using high speed junctions or slip roads.

Chief executive of GEM David Williams advised in a statement that elderly drivers should seek to plan their journeys so that instances where they feel less confident are reduced.

He also said: “If you’re worried that your driving has become more erratic or less safe, then don’t ignore the warning signs. Confront the problem and you may find there’s a simple solution. For example, how easy is it to keep your foot still on the accelerator? For some senior drivers, aches and pains – or even muscular jerking – means this can be difficult. The problem could be reduced simply by adjusting the position of your seat.”

Elderly drivers are also advised to assess if their vision has changed as eyesight is likely to deteriorate as people age.

Nevertheless, failure to address changes in eyesight is one that has recently been found to be problematic among young drivers too.

An infographic from Think About Your Eyes following a survey of 2,000 drivers revealed that 11 per cent of those who need glasses do not wear them and 26 per cent have not had an eye test in two years while 25 per cent of passengers had been concerned about the eyesight of their driver.


  • On: 04 December 2013
  • By: CarShop

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