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Older drivers 'safest motorists'

Older drivers 'safest motorists'
23rd May 2011

Older drivers are the safest motorists on roads in the UK, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has said, meaning that those who may soon find a care home could be extra careful when behind the wheel.

Peter Rodger, chief examiner of the IAM, said that the perception of older drivers as unsafe is "inaccurate".

He went onto explain that older people "adjust their driving behaviour" to reflect changes in their lifestyle and their needs.

Mr Rodger added that drivers become over representative in casualty statistics is on higher speed roads when dealing with junctions.

"If individuals cannot take responsibility, no road system will be safe. It is all about every individual taking responsibility, not only for themselves, but also for the other people around them."

This follows an American Psychological Association publication which found that even healthy adults with a safe driving record tended to make more motoring errors as they aged.

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