Increased mileage for silver drivers…..

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Many of the over 70s continue to drive well into old age; in fact as a percentage, those over 60, are actually driving more than youngsters.

In 1975 only 15% of people over 70 held a driving licence and drove regularly.  This has now increased massively to 57%!  Not only are more people over 70 driving, but they are also driving many more miles than the average person, with those in their 60s driving 3,925 miles annually. The average for all ages is a lot lower at just 3,416 miles per annum.

One reason for this is the high percentage of people who drove in the 1980s, 90s and 2000s are simply continuing to enjoy driving and have got into the car habit. With cuts in many bus services, especially in rural areas, seems to have  persuaded many to keep their beloved motors.

The over 50s have a much lower incidence of accidents than youngers in their teens and twenties as they have experience and are much more careful, which should be reflected in lower insurance premiums.

However car manufacturers dont seem to target the over 50s who represent 30% of the UK population at 22 million people. Their car promotions and adverts mostly show younger drivers having fun or families in bespoke vehicles. When was the last time you saw a granddad in his 60s depicted in a TV car advert? Maybe this is a missed opportunity, and should be investigated to drive car sales whilst we are in recession? Silverhairs will be speaking to car manufacturers to see if we can get some special deals for our members. Join us and lets try and change their minds!

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11th Oct 2012
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When I was seventeen I passed my driving test first time having driven all sorts of farm vehicles from the age of 10. My first car was a second hand Ford Consul two tone low line with a column shift stick which was my pride and joy. Since then I have had many cars. Two years ago I bought a new mark 6 Volkswagen Golf, a 1600tdi. I have been very impressed with this as it is a car for today’s roads having a 0-60mph speed of 11 seconds. It is my second automatic and I personally would not give a manual car a second look these days as I like my very comfortable automatic which is very easy to drive.
Having said that I also drive a Swift Kontiki motor home which weighs in at 4.5 tonnes, and which we tour in each summer. I have been driving and held a clean licence for 51 years. In 1962 I earned my class 3 HGV and was totting up 75 thousand miles a year until 1972 when I became a local government officer.
Peter Clark
30th Sep 2012
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At 65 I ride my motorcycle and drive a car only on the very wettest days. I will be off the bike for a few weeks when my second hip gets glued in around christmas time but the feeling of freedom and the freshness of the air on two wheels is hard to beat. Extremely handy for negotiating traffic too.
Keith Paterson
21st Sep 2012
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I am 80 and would be happy to take a test now and then as long as the cost was not too great. I think people vary so much that it would be unreasonable to have a fixed age. I drive to Surrey from Newmarket quite often and much prefer motorway driiving. I tend to use cruise control and find I arrive at my destination more relaxed that way. My main beef is being tailgated by some Chelsea Tractor driver who thinks they will get there sooner by being half a yard behind my bumper. I usually pull in when I is safe to do so, allowing them to pass at what is obviously over the speed limit. The majority of accidents are on country roads , not motorways or dual carriageways.

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