It has recently been revealed that a 92 year old man has passed the advanced driving test. If this wasn’t impressive enough, he passed 75 years after his first test! The news came about after there was a slight uproar about pensioners being told they need to re-take their driving test to prove that they are still safe on the roads. Archie Scott has certainly proved the DVLA wrong, and although he admitted that he was apprehensive about taking the second test, he passed with flying colours.
So all this controversy about age and driving, is there really any substance to the statements? The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said that Archie’s successful test has strengthened the studies that reveal that older drivers are safer than the younger generation. The revelations also state that pensions make up 8% of the countries driving populations, and only 4% are involved in injury causing crashes.
Despite this, it was confessed by Archie that the test he took in 1935 was considerably easier than the one today, where he ‘drove in a fairly straight line’. However his recent success proves that he is still more than capable on the road, and as advanced driver statistics report, he will have a 50-70% lower accident rate than other drivers.
So should there be a mandatory re-take of the driving test after a certain age…what do you think?
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