East Lancashire's older people get top marks for driving

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OLDER drivers in East Lancashire are just as safe as younger motorists, according to new research by a national driving body.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists’ report finds that older drivers have better attitudes to safety, deal with hazards better than young drivers and use experience to increase their safety margins.

The report reveals that drivers over 75 react just as quickly as other age groups when a vehicle emerges from a side road or if the car in front brakes suddenly.

Anthony Taylor, 71, of Clayton-le-Moors, regularly races historic cars at speeds of upwards of 200mph in Britain and the USA.

Mr Taylor, owner of Autotune car workshop, in Rishton, said: “At the Can/Am Challenge Cup, most of the racers have 6500 horsepower behind them.

“Older drivers tend to take more care and anticipate what’s in front of them instead of tearing around without consideration for anybody else.”

The report found they go more slowly at all times and keep a bigger following distance than drivers from other age groups but they also stop short at junctions and not look as often as others before pulling out.

Many car insurance brokers will quote drivers over the age of 75 and with clean licences at more than £600 a year.

Lewis Reeve, a Burnley-based driving instructor, said: “Older drivers are said to not take many risks, but they definitely do.

“Older drivers pull out from a junction without checking properly and lead another driver to swerve and have an accident while the older driver can get away without a scratch.

“The older person will not be blamed for this but they do cause accidents, which is why they get the reputation of being dangerous on the roads.”

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6:01pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Ian123xyz says...

When you have reached a certain age life has usually taught you to avoid complacency and over confidence..
When you have reached a certain age life has usually taught you to avoid complacency and over confidence.. Ian123xyz
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2:00am Sat 1 Dec 12

woolywords says...

The older driver was taught Aesops Fables and learned a lesson that younger ones didn't.
Way to go, wrinklies!
The older driver was taught Aesops Fables and learned a lesson that younger ones didn't. Way to go, wrinklies! woolywords
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6:50pm Sat 1 Dec 12

shytalk says...

I can drive from Clitheroe to Settle. I can do it on a fireblade or a Subaru Impreza fast.
I do not drive in a dangerous way and i stick within speed limits.
What age am i?
Old enough to have taught many people to drive and a retired driving instructor.
What i do have is experience, not just on rural roads but all over europe.
Who would you rather insure? someone like me or a 17yr old just having past a driving test?
Insurance companies know the answer
I can drive from Clitheroe to Settle. I can do it on a fireblade or a Subaru Impreza fast. I do not drive in a dangerous way and i stick within speed limits. What age am i? Old enough to have taught many people to drive and a retired driving instructor. What i do have is experience, not just on rural roads but all over europe. Who would you rather insure? someone like me or a 17yr old just having past a driving test? Insurance companies know the answer shytalk
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2:27am Sun 2 Dec 12

woolywords says...

Like you, I have driven in many diverse road conditons, as comes with age.
However, having owned a driving license since old enough to drive a tractor on main roads before leaving school and despite passing my test, first time, then gaining an RAC driver license to drive racing cars, it all counts for nought in this this money grabbing world of insurance.
It comes to a pretty penny when they employ a group of self-serving individuals to find good cause for not paying out, whilst claiming an handsome fee for themselves.
Accidents happen, through act of circumstance and though no blame attached, Act of God.
The heck am I paying for here?
Like you, I have driven in many diverse road conditons, as comes with age. However, having owned a driving license since old enough to drive a tractor on main roads before leaving school and despite passing my test, first time, then gaining an RAC driver license to drive racing cars, it all counts for nought in this this money grabbing world of insurance. It comes to a pretty penny when they employ a group of self-serving individuals to find good cause for not paying out, whilst claiming an handsome fee for themselves. Accidents happen, through act of circumstance and though no blame attached, Act of God. The heck am I paying for here? woolywords
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