In the last five years driving accidents involving drivers over 75 have
increased by 5% which is twice the national average. While accidents involving
young drivers is still higher, it’s decreasing annually. After the age of
85 drivers in NSW have to undergo a practical driving assessment every two
years, but is that enough LiveTribers? Should all drivers be regularly retested?
Are elderly drivers a danger on the road? What do you think?
Posted by on 03 Sep 2020
It doesn't hurt to be retested, at least for ones own peace of mind. I have been
hit four times in the last 5 years, twice in the rear when sitting at traffic
lights, once in the rear while backing out of a parking spot ( I saw her in my
rear vision mirror and I had actually stopped but she kept coming) and once when
a woman side swiped me. Two of them were not insured, all of them were young.
There is a distinct lack of courtesy on the road, with a "Me First" attitude.
Slow down drivers! Have some respect! Keep up with the road rules!
Maybe mandatory testing, every five years or so, would be a good idea just to
keep on top of it . Many drivers are not up to scratch with the rules. Maybe
the government could introduce a program, at no charge, with written handouts
and question and answer refresher lessons to keep everyone up to date. Speed,
impatience and lack of respect are a big problem on the roads and the cause of
many accidents. The elderly might not be as quick or alert at times but they are
generally cautious and respectful of other drivers which I think is often sadly
lacking with some younger drivers.
Yes most definitely, driving is all about how quick and alert you are you must
be able to react in a situation either to avoid an accident or even a pedestrian
or just getting through traffic conditions that are not good.. how aware, alert
and how quickly you are able to respond could be the difference between your
life or someone else’s! Its not about how long you have been driving or how
long you have held a licence it’s about the quality of your driving skills and
like everything else in life unfortunately with age your skills reaction time
and awareness are pretty much so halved and that makes you dangerous on the
road... if you have driven for 50yrs that’s great but your strength,
alertness and health over that 50yrs has not gotten better it’s the same as
being under the influence only it’s under the influence of age...
I have had more problems with middle-aged and younger drivers than elderly, i
have been driving for 21yrs on full license, i remember when i was learning to
drive a man was so impatient with me he over took me in a roundabout and he was
not elderly, when i had my full license i was doing the speed limit and a
younger man was again so impatient he was right behind my car flashing his
lights and over took me on the wrong side of the road abusing me as he drove
past, i have had young kids on moter cycles ride on the wrong side of the road
straight towards my car and also cut out infront of me, i have had truck drivers
cut me off while changing lanes, i have had an accident because of people not
paying attention to road rules and they were not elderly, through my driving
history i had one insident where an elderly driver was not driving properly but
being a coutious driver i stayed clear of that driver and reported his driving
to authorities if it had been someone younger i would have done the same but
that was one older driver in the 21years i have been driving. All other problems
where and could have been life threatening and life changing for myself and the
other drivers and riders on the road.
Elderly drivers should have access to driving simulators and games that improve
perception , judgement and physical reaction times. In this way they can improve
road knowledge ,safety, awarenesss and road agility. And so update a driving
test successfully and for more years.
Younger drivers could retest every five or ten years.
Let's face it , we have an ageing population , and to have the right to be able
to drive and also maintain their independence , is a big issue . I don't
believe that people that have paid taxes all their lives , are entitled to
government funded taxi services . The taxes that have been paid are for the
national economy and infrastructure , it's not a super fund . I note that many
accidents by the elderly are generally in car parks . The cars that are
currently available come with a variety of safety features which should
minimise driver errors .
The Elderly have one important issue in their retirement and that is to try and
stay healthy and independent as long as possible. Should any retiree choose to
stop driving they should have access to unlimited free taxi services paid for by
the government. They have worked and paid taxes all their life and they should
be respected and looked after. Anything to make it easier for the elderly
because we will ALL be their ourselves one day.
Most councils offer a taxi service to the local supermarkets - pick up and
return for under $5 but you do not have a choice of day and I am not sure about
I think everyone forgets the elderly worked for 50-60 years, paid taxes on
everything including wages over that period of time. These younger ones have
hardly contributed as yet but feel they have the right to everything and the
I also think the younger ones are doing more damage on our roads. However, it
seems we elders are not respected in any shape or form these days. It seems we
are expendable. Even politicians seem to think so. A disgrace.
I think a lot of people are forgetting that our population has increased
tremendously in the older age group--therefore-- there will of course be more
accidents. It would be much better to have a severe "crush the car" penalty on
those idiots who drink too much or are on what they believe is safe drug use. I
know there will be some elderly people who crash their car, usually when they
are reversing or going to start off., Maybe the car manufacturers could look for
some way to stop that from happening like a warning coming up on the dashboard
or an audible warning?
I agree, the hoons, drug and drink drivers should lose their cars, license and
if damages of death etc. is incurred stronger penalties than a slap across the
wrist. I think most accidents with the elderly are light weight albeit some are
a bit more serious but in comparison to other age groups insignificant in
There are cars with beepers that warn one when you are getting too close to a
car etc. already on the market but you can purchase this item and have installed
Many elderly drivers are excellent drivers because of their lifetime experience
but certain elderly drivers due to age related ailments cause accidents
sometimes so it is better they are retested regularly to be at the safer side.
I think you will find most elderly people do and then of course their family
have to be aware if there are any problems with them and tell them.
Most elderly have to have medical tests after a certain age to allow a renewal
of their licence
Many elderly drivers are good drivers but there are some even I raise my
eyebrows at and think NAH, it is time. I guess one has to realise they are
taking away a persons independence but that has to be outweighed by the dangers
of poor driving skills of an elderly person. I think family members need to
stand up and say OK time to hand the keys in. However, to me the worse drivers
on the road are the younger ones. They drive fast and without many
considerations to other road users and don't get me on the ones that are on
their phones. I drive to the shops which is a distance of about 5 ks and during
that time I see so many with their heads down and watched when one nearly ran
off the road the other day. Didn't stop her texting though.
So, re the elderly. Only if they have become a danger to themselves and others
and then I also think a doctor who is seeing a person who should not be driving
advise the person and their family.
A common sense approach and perhaps a test in increments i.e. test their vision,
cognitive functions etc. and if these prove a problem then a driving test.
Well, so far every study done in this country on the correlation between elderly
drivers having fewer accidents after regular testing has failed miserably. We've
just managed to cancel compulsory medical examinations in my state in order to
promote increased elderly activity and engagement in our community. Leave the
elderly alone - go after the banks first, in the right way, which should've been
done during the last GFC in this country (and wasn't). A bank crash will kill us
all before every elderly driver in the country ploughing through the walls of
our houses we've been (illegally!) locked-down into ever will. Jail time for
their CEO's instead of fat bonuses. Research by Swansea University shows 70 year
old drivers are 4 times less likely to be involved in an accident than 17-21
year old men. The elderly are also infrequent road users, even though they often
pay the same or similar vehicle running costs. The elderly compensate for their
declining abilities by driving more carefully, slowing down, leaving bigger
gaps, choosing better weather and quieter driving times. Denying the elderly
their mobility rights equates to them losing a limb, as some surveys have found.
Freedom of movement is very important for physical and mental well-being in the
elderly. Many would be fine with regular testing, but the consequences of
failing certain sections should be further corrective training and not loss of
license. We are not that far off going driverless anyway - then Google can pay
all the costs of any accidents. NSW can over-regulate as much as it wants, but
studies have shown its elderly drivers have more accidents than those of the
same age in under-regulated Victoria. Age-based testing has never helped anyone
anywhere. A higher percentage of our population will soon be older than 70...
let's facilitate their involvement and not wreck things. It's also illegal to
discriminate on age. Don't go down that stupid, destructive path. Help them