Practical Assessment for the over 70s
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When you reach the age of 75, you are required to renew your licence, and get the go-ahead from your GP. This happens again at the age of 80, and every two years after that.
There isn’t usually any mandatory on-road assessment, unless your GP feels that it might be necessary.
But what happens as you get older?
You may find that your eyesight isn’t what it used to be. This will be checked when you renew your licence.
You may find that you are having difficulty turning around, when reversing your car, or turning around to check your blindspot.
You may find that there are little dents or scrapes on your car, and you don’t know how they have got there.
When my own father got to the age of 85, his doctor told him that he wasn’t allowed to drive any longer. Although he felt that his independence was being taken away from him, it was true to note that the amount of driving that he actually did every week, was minimal enough that the weekly petrol fill at the garage one week, cost less than the price of a newspaper!!! When he stopped driving, he started using the local taxi firm to get around, and found that it was much cheaper than keeping his car wof’d, registered and insured. Plus his daughters could stop quizzing him about the dents and scrapes that were mysteriously appearing on the car.
We do offer a practical assessment for any aged person, who perhaps is feeling that either a) they are still able to drive safely, but their family might think differently, or b) they are starting to doubt their ability to be safe in the car.
Our assessment is conducted on both familiar roads, and unfamiliar roads. We carry out the assessment using one of our own developed report cards, and a full debrief is given at the end of the drive.
This assessment has also been carried out in the past for people who are recovering from minor strokes, or other illnesses where family members aren’t too sure about their loved ones ability to drive safely.