Driving tests for the elderly

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  1. Jim

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    Interesting debate on Radio 2 this afternoon

    Should there be legislation that restricts the elderly from driving after a particular birthday?

    Should there be compulsory Medical/driving/perception and reaction tests for all those wanting to drive after a particular birthday, (which one?)

    Or should it stay the same, largely based upon self assessment?
     
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    Who causes the most accidents, over 70s or under 25s ?

    When did you last see a 70 year old racing or joy riding.

    Who is responsible for the high cost of insurance.. ?

    It should stay the same, but introduce stiffer penalties for those who are found guilty of dangerous driving..

    Give the oldies a break..
     
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    They should leave well alone except for RV drivers aproching 50, with army HGV driving credentials, they should be banned totaly in anything over 750 Kgs:Rofl1:
    Geo
     
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    Got to agree with my countryman.
     
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    These new german speed bumps should sort out the young uns
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    Interestingly enough though, and not passing judgment either way I hasten to add........ I witnessed something this morning which made me shudder.

    An old lady in the queue two people in front of me in her own words "came over all funny". She was, I would guess, in her mid seventies and walked with the aid of a stick. She said, she had "the shakes" and needed to prop herself up against the counter for a bit. The kindly gentleman in front of me offered to carry her shopping, took her by the arm and helped her out to the car waiting outside. She got into the DRIVERS seat (very gingerly), fired it up and drove off.....no one else was in the car with her.

    On another occasion, some years ago, we were on our way home from an evening out, I was driving. Suddenly there was an almighty Bang - a car had gone straight through a Give Way sign and embedded itself in the side of my pride & joy. James flew out of the passenger door, opened the door of the car that had hit us to see the trembling figure of a little old man..........he hadn't seen the junction and gone straight through it at 30mph. We were all extremely lucky that no one was hurt but it did get me thinking, should he have been behind the wheel at all?

    Tin hat on for incoming :Laughing:
     
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    I wasn't expecting that, :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Could do with some of those outside my gate! :Rofl1: :Rofl1:
     
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    I agree that medical examinations for over 70s are a good idea..
    but not a driving test, just because you are 70 doesn't mean you've lost your marbles.. :RollEyes:
     
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    I know a few people who lost 'em long before 70! :Rofl1:
     
  12. Jim

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    I didn't catch all of the programme but I think I heard that over 80's are 3 times more likely to have an accident, even if this is not as bad as teenagers statistics, should we carry on regardless?

    I have quite a few stories that I could relate about older drivers, but to be honest I have just as many more about middle aged drivers, its not really fair to highlight them. Do something stupid on the road aged 50, and age is not an issue, do the same thing aged 90 and they are going to ask if you are fit to drive.

    If there is a problem with over 80's and surely these statistics are easy to get and not open to too much spin, then I think for the sake of the innocent loved ones who get killed, we should do something about it.
     
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    B......dy Brilliant GEO.


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    :Cool: Most of our friends tend to be older than us. Although we are no spring chickens ourselves Most of our friends we have known for over 10 years. They drive no different to what they did when we first met them. That's not to say they were good or bad drivers then or now. A BAD driver will always be a BAD driver. IMH&HO. :Rofl1:
     
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    I wouldnt object to re-taking a driving test and medical at 70 but only if it was paid for by the government and with age/perception/reactions allowances :Rofl1:. but that aint gonna happen so no worries there then.:thumb:

    john.
     
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    I have already told "her that must be obeyed" that am getting a bus pass and handing in my licence in when I get to 70!
    The thing that did it for me was at GMEX this year on CC day this old boy came onto the stand with 2 sticks,milk bottle bottom glasses, he could hardly move. Whereupon he announced to all and sundry that he was still towing! and would continue untill he poped off.
    I think we should take note from, I think it is New Zeeland, where oap's have a road test after a medical. This would sort the men from the boys!
    This is one of the reasons we have a motorhome now, why wait till I'm over the hill and can't move , see, or enjoy Europe with all the hassels of getting insurance etc:Cool:
     
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    My dad was extremely able till he was 79 driving forty thousand miles a year plus helping me with my work and had been a good driver all his life.

    The decline was sudden rapid and tragic.

    Family members should be a deciding factor with older drivers advising the when they should stop or having a word with there GP's.
     
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    a health check to make sure they are physically and mentally able to drive wouldn't be a bad idea, a retest is silly when they've been driving for fifty odd years.


    btw that video is a classic geo:Rofl1:
     
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    HI agree with thiefman theres a bloke, i see every day next to work who owns a garage but drive a battered new burlago :RollEyes: hes about has competant has mr magoo compared to the stig:Doh: needless to say i steer a wide berth in my £100,000 fuel tanker a medical would be a good idea i just had mine for a hgv
    no problems:Smile:

    RAY
     
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    How many people both young and old, blatantly ignore their Doctor when specifically told they must inform the DVLC about a medical conditon, purely because they fear having their license suspended or taken off them.

    It's not just the elderly that aquire medical conditions that should bar them from taking to the roads.
     
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