As an older driver, with over 57 years experience of driving many types of cars,large and small, manual and automatic, right and left hand drive , covering around 45,000 miles per annum, also riding motorcycles, and driving trucks & vans , I consider myself to be quite a good driver, but having said that , I still firmly believe that I (& others like me )should be compulsorily medically tested and have a short driving assessment each year following retirement , irrespective of age?
Ages ie. 60, ,65, 70 etc., by themselves are just numbers , whereas a change in lifestyle, such as retirement, with perhaps a major reduction in driving mileage and road use etc etc , perhaps changing from an active life to a sedentary one , could have a considerable effect on our health & wellbeing, and potentially therefore our ability to ‘safely’ carry on driving?
I do think however that any testing should be to determine skill levels and to find a way to address them, should they fall short of the required standard, and not ‘ simply to use it as an excuse to take away licences - being older, invariably means being wiser and more experienced?
I know that we all think that we are the World’s Best Driver, but frankly we are not all Lewis Hamilton, and we see evidence of bad driving every day, probably by driver’s who really do think that they are the best?l
A fascinating thing about this damned disease, is how differently it affects each of us, as an example, in my case, as soon as I sit in the driving seat of the car, all and I do mean ALL of my Parkinson’s symptoms disappear ( this is well tested and documented btw ) so, the theory is that Parkisons doesn’t affect my driving, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have age related deterioration in driving skills, which I may not notice , hence my belief in being tested regularly .