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Advice For Older Drivers

Last updated  21 May 2018

We all grow old and as we age some of our faculties change, here’s some advice to help older drivers stay safe.

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  • Have regular sight and hearing tests and if you are prescribed glasses for driving – wear them. Free NHS – funded eye tests are available every two years if you are over 60 and tests can detect age related eye conditions;
  • Re-read the Highway Code – it may have changed since the time you first passed your driving test. Stay updated by downloading it free from the GOV.UK website or buy a copy at a bookshop;
  • It can be illegal to drive when taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs if your ability to drive is impaired. Always read the information leaflet that comes with your medicine and ask your doctor, pharmacist or health care worker if you are in doubt;
  • Take a rest and be at your best. Plan your journey to take at least a 15 minute break every two hours and if possible, share the driving on a long journey;
  • Alcohol stays with you longer than you think and you could still be unfit to drive the morning after. There is no fool proof way of drinking and staying under the limit so the only safe amount is none;
  • If you drive on motorways, read the following information from Highways Agency about Smart motorways – a stretch of the M1 through Bedfordshire uses the hard shoulder as an extra lane so it is important that you understand the changes.


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