When & why older drivers give up driving

01 March 1996

In all developed countries the proportion of the population aged over 65 years will markedly increase over the next 20 years and the proportion of older drivers, particularly of older women drivers, will rise even more rapidly. Drivers over 70 have lower accident rates per mile than those under thirty, but slightly higher rates than the safe middle aged and, because they are physically frail, more of these accidents result in serious injury or death. To discover information that may improve the safety and comfort of older drivers and help them to plan the final years of driving, 1680 current drivers aged from 54 to 99 years, and 339 ex-drivers aged from 58 to 101 years described their current status, their driving histories, the difficulties they experienced with driving, their intended future driving careers and their views on possible measures that might be taken to increase their safety.