Author: Bryn Davies

Figures reveal nearly 200 drivers aged over 100 on UK roads

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has released figures showing that nearly 200 drivers on UK roads are aged over 100-years-old, with the oldest being 106.

The figures, which were gathered by road safety charity IAM and published by the DVLA, reveal that, as of November 2013, there were 195 drivers over the age of 100-years-old, over one million over 80-years-old and seven million over-65.

 This means that over-65s make up 19% of all road users with full licenses in the UK. Out of the seven million over-65s, around 5%, or 368,000, have points on their license.

The data published also showed that 42-year-olds were the most likely to amass points on their license with 10% of total drivers having some. According to IAM, that, together with the fact that 8% of drivers between 16 and 25-years-old have points on their license seems to show that “older drivers are in fact safer than many other drivers”.

The charity added that “where older drivers have slower reaction times, they use their experience on the road to compensate by driving at slower speeds on all occasions and allowing more space between them and other road users”.

We’re keen to hear what ABRs think of these stats and the statements by the IAM claiming that older drivers are safer, do you agree or disagree? Leave a comment below and let us know!