Sir Stirling Moss calls for refresher tests for drivers over 70

Sir Stirling Moss has called for drivers over the age of 70 to take regular driving refresher tests.

Sir Stirling, who still races at the age of 80, told The Times "You should have a refresher test when you get to 70 or 75. It would be a good idea if [older drivers] were given an evaluation test to see how responsible they are with modern roads, signs and cars, because things are so different now."

His comments follow RAC figures revealing that 61 per cent of people polled agreed with mandatory driving tests for drivers over the age of 70 and 69 per cent backed compulsory health checks.

This is despite research showing that older drivers are only involved in four per cent of crashes that lead to injury, a figure much smaller than younger drivers.

Current rules for drivers over 70 state that they must renew their licence and declare themselves medically fit to drive.

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1 July 2010

In the current environment, when I reach my 70's, I will still need my driving licence to get to and from work!

1 July 2010

Agree with Sir Striling 100% - the current system is woefully inadequate as I know of older drivers who are driving around that really should not.

One of the problems is that the DVLA rely on a form of "self certification" - so even if you know you shouldn't be driving, you still can. Having your independence potentially taken away is a big carrot for some people do so.

Interesting that older drivers only make up a small percentage of the statistics - part of this is probably due to thier lower average mileage. They tend to drive slower as well so more accidents are possibly avoided by the reactions of others...

As the old joke goes:

"Been driving for 40 years and never had an accident. Seen Hundreds..."

1 July 2010

[quote Autocar]Sir Stirling, who still races at the age of 80, told The Times "You should have a refresher test when you get to 70 or 75.[/quote] He should go further and suggest refresher tests every 15 years for everyone, regardless of age. People forget things, get sloppy, and stuck in their ways. Refresher tests for all would be a big step towards improving driving standards across the board, and hence reducing accidents.

1 July 2010

I agree with Stirling.

They need a similar test for how to use lifts too...

1 July 2010

And motorised scooters...bloody dangerous..some of the drivers have never been behind the wheel of a car, but can drive these things like looneys on the road and pavement...with no insurance and no test...stupid, stupid and more stupid!

To live is to drive

rlg

1 July 2010

I agree with these comments. Personally I'd like to see compulsory re-tests for everyone every ten years and if you fail a re-test you have six months in which to re-take and pass it otherwise you loose your licence for a year!

1 July 2010

Re-tests every x years for everybody is a good idea BUT it would have to focus on important issues instead of reversing round corners, 3 point turns and nonsense like that.

You can also bet that there would be a hefty fee involved in taking your test every 5, 10 or however many years.

1 July 2010

Just think if the public sector jobs that could be created with re-tests every 10 years.

I think it's a good idea, if you are a competent driver then you have nothing to fear.

1 July 2010

[quote rodenal]

Re-tests every x years for everybody is a good idea BUT it would have to focus on important issues instead of reversing round corners, 3 point turns and nonsense like that.

You can also bet that there would be a hefty fee involved in taking your test every 5, 10 or however many years.

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Coping with oversteer, for a kick-off. The number of people who've died because they couldn't control and correct a slide... it ought to be in the basic driving test.

For those who say it's not necessary because most cars are FWD and even the RWD ones understeer: rubbish. I've seen quite a lot of accidents happen because of mid-corner lift-off oversteer, and you can get that in any car, regardless of driven wheels.

1 July 2010

I disagree, by all means have it as an advanced test item (i.e like it already is) but to provoke a modern (fwd) car into lift off oversteer you have to be doing something really pretty stupid - by modern i mean since about 1993.

It's also very very hard to catch if you arent ready for it - and lets face it if you're doing something silly enough to get into that situation and not be expecting it to happen the whole episode is only going one way regardless of training. I also think it would encourage the brainless idiots to try and 'slide' their 1.2 clio round the next bend, probably straight into me coming the other way (I'm nearly 27 now, the age all the glorious die).

Rwd much harder to lose in a lift off manner mid-corner imo, and much easier to deal with too unless again you're doing something really stupid, by which point there is little hope of recovery.

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