One in five drivers now over 65

There are now more than seven million drivers over the age of 65 on the UK’s roads, according to road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). the number of drivers over 65 reached 7,191,192 in November 2013. This makes up for 19 per cent of all drivers with full driving licences. the figures come from driving licence data published by the DVLA in December 2013.

  • There are 4,068,498 drivers over the age of 70.
  • There are 1,101,779 drivers over the age of 80.
  • There are now more than seven million drivers over the age of 65 on the UK’s roads, according to road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). the number of drivers over 65 reached 7,191,192 in November 2013. This makes up for 19 per cent of all drivers with full driving licences. the figures come from driving licence data published by the DVLA in December 2013.

Research by the IAM that shows that older drivers are in fact safer than many other drivers.  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. IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “In twenty years time, one in ten people will be over 80 years old.  Responding to an older population is a significant policy issue for government, health and transport agencies – a greater number of people will require help with their mobility and acting now can ensure the right support networks are in place numbers increase.  Easy access to driving assessments, better advice from the medical profession and car and road designs that mitigate the effects of ageing should all be top in 2014.  The overarching policy aim should be to keep people independent and driving safer for as long as possible.”