Horsham District Older Peoples Forum

The issue of the realities and challenges for older drivers is one that frequently arises at the Forum meetings.

The Older Peoples Forum is working with the HDC Older Drivers Working Group to look at the issues around road safety 

For helpful videos with Valerie Singleton on Older Driver Safety - click here

Sussex Safer Roads - Older Driver advice

Safer for Older Drivers information booklet

Tell DVLA about medical conditions that may affect your driving

"..In all, 5.3 million over-70s now have a licence..." Times 9th March 2019

There are 10,000 more drivers aged 70 + every month

Older drivers are no more likely to be involved in a road collision than anyone else, in fact, there is considerable evidence that more mature drivers are safer than other drivers.

However, all drivers must renew their licence when they reach the age of 70, and every three years after that.

The ageing process brings changes particularly related to health and physical ability, which can affect a driver’s confidence. You have a duty to other road users to consider those changes and act appropriately. 

If you think things have changed seek advice, talk to your GP or consider a driver assessment session. If you are a family member or friend who is concerned about an older person and their fitness to drive talk to them. It may be difficult, but the consequences of ignoring it could be a lot worse.

Medical Conditions
Whatever a driver's age, if they have - or develop - a medical condition that could affect their ability to drive safely, they must inform the DVLA.  And it's important to remember that it isn't just the condition itself that could affect your abilities behind the wheel - it's also the side effects of the medication used to control the control.

Doctors can also report their patients to the DVLA if they believe that the patient shouldn't be driving due to a medical condition or prescribed drug.The effects of illness and medication are vitally important to be aware of - and you must tell your insurance company about any of these issues that you're living with. 

 If you don't and you're involved in a collision, your insurance could be invalidated as a result.If you're not sure whether your medication or condition makes you unsafe behind the wheel, speak to your GP at your earliest available opportunity. 

The GOV.UK website also has a comprehensive list of conditions and effects that you might need to consider.

If you think that you need to tell the DVLA about a condition or medication, then there's some comprehensive advice available online, again from GOV.UK about what will happen once you've made contact with them. You should also speak to your doctor or maybe any friends who have been in the same situation.

Thousands more older drivers ruled medically unfit Times 9th March 2019

Banning my elderly mother from driving was heartbreaking Telegraph 18th July 2018

Older drivers need medical tests, Coroner says Times 7th July 2018

 email: horshamolderpeoplesforum@gmail.com
Twitter @hdopf

© Horsham District Older Peoples Forum 2018

Community Web Kit provided free by BT