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Is There An Age Limit To Driving?

posted on Dec 05 2013 by Jade Hensby

Is There An Age Limit To Driving?

When we learn to drive we are taught to stay alert, conscious and ready to be able to make quick changes if necessary, but is there a point when we get too old to be able to handle the responsibility Let's discuss this...

There is no legal age at which you must stop driving. You can decide when to stop as long as you dont have any medical conditions that affect your driving. You will need to consider:

Your safety, and the safety of other road users is the most important factor when making this decision. If you're concerned that your driving is not as good as it once was, don't wait for an accident to happen. It may be time to give up driving if:

  • Your reactions are noticeably slower than they used to be.

  • You find traffic conditions increasingly stressful.

  • Your eyesight is worse.

  • You have a medical condition that may affect your ability to drive.

The laws on medical conditions and driving are specific. You must tell the DVLA about any medical conditions that may affect your ability to drive safely. This could be previous health conditions that have worsened or new ones. If you are involved in an accident where your health condition may have been a factor, you could be prosecuted, and your insurance may not cover you.

If you are worried about your fitness to drive then talk to your GP, or alternatively you could ask an experienced driving instructor to get an objective assessment of your driving skills or you could book a test through the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

If you do decide to stop driving, you should contact the DVLA and tell them that youre giving up your driving license. This does not mean the end of your independence though! You can still use public transport, and the older you get then youll become eligible for free bus travel and concession on rail fares anywhere in England.