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    Default Should everyone retake a driving test every 5 years.

    There has been a few calls for the elderly to be forced to re-take the driving test at a certain age. This is because of a rare accident involving a elderly gentleman hitting his acellerator instead of the brake when parking.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ror-smash.html

    What your views on this issue. Obviously I expect to see the younger drivers on here respond by saying its a good idea while the more elderly would oppose it, citing that elderly drivers have less accidents etc.
    There has been a few ideas put forward in postings on newspaper sites.
    One of the most interesting reads was by a police spokesman who stated that less than 1% of elderly drivers over the age of 65 are uninsured compared with a estimated 42% of drivers under 35yrs.

    My solution would be to make everyone take a driving test every 5 years.
    That way it would resolve the issue of keeping drivers off the roads who were unfit to drive either through age reasons or because they were simply unsafe regardless of age. It would be a fair system for ALL ages and would provide employment and be self financing.

    I personally would not mind taking a test every 5 years or even less if it makes our roads safer, after all, only those who doubt their abilities to drive safely and competently would object!

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    I think over 65's should have to go out with an approved driving instructor, who ahs been trained in it, and just show they can drive safely.

    I dont think they should have to sit a full uk test as we sit now, as that would be infair.

    But i certainly think they need to be re assessed at this age.

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    Thing is it said he hit the acellerator not the brake. He may have been fully competent at driving, but not as dextrous with his feet as he was when he was younger. This happened to my dad the other week. But he has now surendered his licence as he now see,s himself as a danger on the road. But it would be as said above for "the elderly" to drive around with an instructor or the likes to asses their abilities to drive and control thier car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy17899 View Post
    I think over 65's should have to go out with an approved driving instructor, who ahs been trained in it, and just show they can drive safely.

    I dont think they should have to sit a full uk test as we sit now, as that would be infair.

    But i certainly think they need to be re assessed at this age.

    I dont know your age but I suspect you are quite young, In case you are not aware, 65 is not considered to be elderly today... even the government has realised this and his why the retirement age is to be raised eventually to 68. By elderly we are talking of people in their seventies or eighties.. lol though perhaps to you someone over 40 is elderly

    We have issues where there are many young drivers who according to statistics have by far the largest number of accidents, and you have the issue of when you get too old you are unfit to drive.

    By having a driving test for everyone say every 3 years would resolve both the issues, how do you feel about that. As I see it, only those who doubt their ability to pass the test would object.
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    Looking at the abilities of people who have recently taken tests, I don't think it'd prove anything.

    The driving test is a joke and a monkey could pass it. It needs to be made substantially more difficult and include motorway driving. I still can't get my head around people being given a licence when they've never turned a wheel on a motorway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLC View Post
    Looking at the abilities of people who have recently taken tests, I don't think it'd prove anything.

    The driving test is a joke and a monkey could pass it. It needs to be made substantially more difficult and include motorway driving. I still can't get my head around people being given a licence when they've never turned a wheel on a motorway.
    I agree with that statement 100%, I found it quite daunting the first time I was on a busy motorway. Nothing can prepare you for it, but the experience of driving on a busy motorway, needs to be added to the lessons/test, and IMO some if it has to be done in rush hour as well once people have become competent enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLC View Post
    Looking at the abilities of people who have recently taken tests, I don't think it'd prove anything.

    The driving test is a joke and a monkey could pass it. It needs to be made substantially more difficult and include motorway driving. I still can't get my head around people being given a licence when they've never turned a wheel on a motorway.

    I agree, but I think thats because once they have passed their driving test... all the rules go out the window. I think they would be more inclined to retain good driving standards if the test was frequent.

    Re. Motorways... I understand that current or future driving tests are to take into account motorway driving. However, spending a quick hour driving safely/competently to impress the test examiner is indeed questionable unless the driver continues to hone his driving skills afterwards, but its better than nothing at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLC View Post
    The driving test is a joke and a monkey could pass it. .
    There's enough monkeys behind the wheel already.lol

    So I take it... you would support my campaign for more frequent driving tests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cameron43 View Post
    There's enough monkeys behind the wheel already.lol

    So I take it... you would support my campaign for more frequent driving tests.
    No, as I said, it wouldn't prove or solve anything. All it would do is give the Government another excuse to charge silly money to do it. The fact that some drivers have managed to pass in the first place shows it needs a fundamental shake up.

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