Middle Aged People Driven By Older Relatives Feel “Unsafe”
A quarter of 40-somethings want their elderly relatives to quit driving according to a survey of 750 adults conducted by RIAS, a 50+ insurance specialist.
Furthermore, 80% of the respondents claim the “driving ability of relatives had deteriorated over time” and 43% feel “unsafe when being driven by them”.
Despite this, 75% have “never confronted their relatives or suggested ways they could alter their driving habits”. Of those that have, 41% “felt nervous about doing so.”
The number of elderly drivers might increase in the future in line with life expectancy. An ITV documentary recently said there are now more than 200 drivers aged 100+ in the UK.
Road Safety Week (November 17th - 23rd 2014)
Concerns for older drivers were highlighted during Road Safety Week.
This is coordinated by Brake – a road safety charity - and its theme is “look out for each other”. The purpose of the campaign is to reduce the number of people killed and injured on the roads. In the United Kingdom, there are typically five deaths and 61 serious injuries per day.
Julie Townsend, Brake Deputy Chief Executive, explained: “When drivers use roads without care for others the consequences can be tragic and horrific: people killed and badly injured, lives ruined forever, because of a moment of impatience or selfishness.”
Younger Motorists More At Risk Than Pensioners
Despite a large percentage of middle aged people being concerned about the safety of their elderly relatives, it is youngsters that are more likely to have a collision.
The Transport Research Laboratory recently revealed that 12% of serious car crashes involve teenagers - even though they only account for 1.5% of the driving population.
Brake Safety Advice For Motorists
Julie Townsend added: “Instead of making our streets stressful risky places, we’re asking all road users to look out for and protect each other, particularly the most vulnerable.
That means drivers sticking to 20mph or below in towns and villages, looking carefully at junctions, and being considerate.
“Ultimately, we’re all just human beings trying to get around, with equal right to use the roads, she concluded”.