Should there be a specified age to retake your practical driving test?
There’s no legal age at which you must stop driving. You can decide when to stop as long as you don’t have any medical conditions that affect your driving.
You must renew your driving licence every three years after you turn 70 but there are no laws on what age you must stop driving. Find out the facts here.
Unless your health or eyesight suddenly get worse, it can be difficult to know when you should stop driving.
Your safety and the safety of other road users are the most important things to consider. If you’re concerned that your driving is not as good as it was and you may be putting yourself or other road users at risk it is time to stop before you have an accident.
The Duke of Edinburgh was left “very shocked” and shaken following a car crash but walked away unhurt after his vehicle reportedly overturned.
Prince Philip, 97, was driving a Land Rover when the accident involving a Kia happened near the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.
He retired from public duties in the summer of 2017 and last April had a hip replacement operation, is known to remain active.
But with the Queen’s consort in his 98th year, there may be calls from some for Prince Philip to give up driving.
Edmund King, AA president, said: “Young, predominantly male, drivers are much more likely to crash within six months of passing their test than older drivers within six months of hanging up their keys.
“Older drivers often self-restrict their driving by not driving at night and only driving on familiar roads.
“The decision to hang up your keys is a tough one but should be based on personal advice from your GP and family, rather than being based on some arbitrary age.”
Independence is something we all strive to maintain for as long as possible. This incident raises the question about who should decide when it is time to give up driving? Should there be a statutory age, should it be a decision taken by the individual or should family intervene?
What are your views? Should there be a set age when you have to retake your practical driving test and if so what age? Have you ever had to advise a family member to hand back their driving licence to the DVLA? How do you suggest to elderly parents that perhaps their driving days are over?
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