Research & reports

Title: 2010 RAC Report on Motoring

Organisation: RAC
Date uploaded: 24th July 2010
Date published/launched: June 2010

With the number of older drivers set to more than double in the next 20 years, this report reveals that 84% of drivers aged 70 or over acknowledge the value in a refresher driving course, and 69% of motorists support compulsory medical checks at age 70.

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The report also shows that the biggest concern for motorists this year is the behaviour of other drivers, and there has been a big increase in motorists admitting to breaking the law when it comes to mobile phone usage in their vehicles.

With the number of older drivers set to more than double to six million in the next 20 years, the report reveals 84% of drivers aged 70 or over acknowledge the value in a refresher driving course, and 69% of all motorists support compulsory medical checks at age 70 and above.

The report shows that 80% of over 70s have been driving for more than 30 years, with 45% driving for 50 years or more - and 86% have had no additional driver training or assessment since passing their test.

David Bizley, RAC, says: “Motorists of all ages clearly believe in the value of refresher courses to improve old skills and learn new ones. Reviewing this now will save considerable pain in the future and continue the journey towards safer roads for everyone.

“Older motorists have the challenge of personal mobility and independence and RAC would welcome Government initiatives to help them to continue to drive safely.

“We need to take an evidence-based approach as to what checks should happen and at what age. Older motorists are resistant to any compulsory checks understandably, but they are also much fitter and healthier now than ever before - 70 could well be the new 60 for motorists’ health. At the same time we need credible, well-resourced alternatives for those motorists who can no longer drive. Motorists don’t suddenly stop wanting to travel once they hand over their car keys.”

Other themes from the report include:
• The biggest concern for motorists this year is the behaviour of other drivers: 97% are concerned about drunk or drugged drivers, 96% are concerned about mobile phone usage when driving, 95% are concerned about driving without tax or insurance.

• There has been a big increase in motorists admitting to breaking the law when it comes to mobile phone usage in their vehicles: 28% are using their mobile phone without a hands free kit, up from 8% last year, and 31% are texting when driving, up from 11% last year.

For more information contact:
Professor David Gray
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