One in five drivers over the age of 65 in the UK
Recent figures released by the DVLA show that the number of drivers in the UK over the age of 65 has reached seven million for the first time. It also revealed the most common age group for drivers who have penalty points on their licence.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) have viewed the figures released by the DVLA in December 2013, and have compiled some other facts around the ages of drivers in the UK:
7,191,192 drivers are over the age of 65
4,068,498 drivers over the age of 70
1,101,779 drivers over the age of 80
195 drivers are over 100 years old
The figure released also highlighted some interesting facts around which age groups have penalty points on their drivers licence. Of the drivers aged over 65, five per cent of them had points on their licence. Compared to other age groups, eight per cent of younger drivers had points, with the most common age group being 42, with ten per cent of those drivers having points on their licence.
Statistically, this still makes the older generation the “safer” drivers on the road. Although they may have slower reaction times, older drivers tend to leave larger gaps between themselves and other vehicles, as well as driving slower in most situations.
Of course, this leads to the debate though where some people still feel that older drivers can become a hazard by being slower, but the statistics can’t lie…