Elderly drivers are a worry to families

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More than a third of motorists in the North West know a driver over 65 whose ability behind the wheel concerns them, according to a new survey.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists is now calling on the Government to introduce a national strategy of driving health checks and better information for elderly drivers and their families. The call comes after a poll which also shows that forty-two per cent of the population are worried about an elderly relative driving, yet they are unlikely to do anything about it.

The survey of 1,297 people shows that while concern about elderly drivers is evident, acting on concerns is another issue. Fifty-four per cent of those concerned in the North West did nothing. IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “Talking to an elderly relative about their driving is a difficult conversation to have. Driving is associated with independence, so giving up the car keys can be a very stressful process. This is especially true for drivers with dementia.”