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The Institute of Advanced Motorists has released figures showing that nearly 200 drivers on UK roads are aged over 100-years-old, with the oldest being 106.

The figures, which were gathered by road safety charity IAM and published by the DVLA, reveal that, as of November 2013, there were 195 drivers over the age of 100-years-old, over one million over 80-years-old and seven million over-65.

This means that over-65s make up 19% of all road users with full licenses in the UK. Out of the seven million over-65s, around 5%, or 368,000, have points on their license.

The data published also showed that 42-year-olds were the most likely to amass points on their license with 10% of total drivers having some. According to IAM, that, together with the fact that 8% of drivers between 16 and 25-years-old have points on their license seems to show that “older drivers are in fact safer than many other drivers”.

The charity added that “where older drivers have slower reaction times, they use their experience on the road to compensate by driving at slower speeds on all occasions and allowing more space between them and other road users”.

We're keen to hear what ABRs think of these stats and the statements by the IAM claiming that older drivers are safer, do you agree or disagree? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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Richard Fox
Like all statistics, some background is helpful but lacking here.
Obvious questions are:
Are these figures from DVLA and simply referring to licence holders?
Do these 100+yrs licenced drivers actually take to the road?
For those that do drive, what is the pattern? Low speed, short trips to village/town or serious motorway trips? I doubt many will be commuting.
I would imagine that it's pretty rare for someone 100+ to be out and about behind the wheel.
In any case I think I would prefer an oncoming 100+yr driver to a newly qualified 17yr old!

There is a fair argument that the fact that this is newsworthy suggests an element of ageism.
Age counts as much as sex, ethnicity, religion...............ie not at all.
Skill counts.
Richard Fox , January 17, 2014
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Bryn
Thanks for the comment Richard. The quotes contained within the article would seem to support your view that you'd rather an oncoming 100+ yr old driver coming at you then a newly qualified 17 year old, and you're right, there is a lot more that needs to be looked at than just how many drivers and how many points. For example, of the seven million over 65's, how many actually drive their car? It could be the fact that they own a car and license, but don't actually drive it that much, drives down the average points per driver total.

With regards to this article being ageist, I don't believe it's unreasonable to question whether a person's driving ability is compromised the older they get. As we get older our vision isn't as good as it used to be and reaction times go down, two things that play vital roles in determining your driving ability.
Bryn , January 17, 2014
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92kk k100lt 193214
I know a lot of older drivers and their driving patterns vary considerably. Not all are necessarily poorer drivers, but for some their average mileage is very low, its generally confined to their comfort zone as in local area and an occasional long distance foray on a familiar route.

Good experience and good driving habits together with avoiding situations that place them at a disadvantage keeps most of them out of trouble. As Bryn says, vision and reaction times can deteriorate, but the vision is tested for and if their driving is based on solid experience there should be less of a risk from a poor reaction time., provided their driving style is in line with their reaction times.
92kk k100lt 193214 , January 25, 2014

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