Older drivers : summary

Road Safety Observatory
Road Safety Observatory
Publication date:
26 January 2017


There are a number of key sensory, psychomotor and cognitive functions that decline with age, and research has found relationships between a number of skills considered important for driving safely and functional decline. Older drivers as a whole are generally safer than younger age groups as they are more experienced and tend to compensate for functional impairment. In fact, accident involvement is at its lowest rate for drivers aged 70-79, and only increases 20% for drivers aged 80 and over. This, however, may be due to increased risk resulting from the decrease in miles driven for the older old, also known as the ‘low mileage bias’.