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Young vs Old: Who Are the Better Drivers?

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Young vs Old: Who Are the Better Drivers?

We weigh up the positives and negatives of young and old drivers to find out once and for all who is best.

The Young

  • - Young drivers pay more for their insurance. In fact, young drivers can pay as much as three times more than older drivers for the insurance policies. But is this fair?
  • - Drivers aged 17 – 19 are the most likely to die in a road traffic accident.
  • + Quicker reactions.

The Old

  • - Old drivers can struggle when needed to make quick decisions.
  • - The older you get the slower your reactions become and the more your vision deteriorates. The slower your reaction time the greater your breaking distance is and the more likely you are to crash should you be required to make an emergency stop. If your eyes are getting worse, so too is your ability to judge distance, depth and speed all of which will reduce your ability to drive well.
  • - Older drivers can struggle to turn around quickly. Many older people suffer restricted movement due to rheumatism, arthritis, stiffness and old age.
  • - According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists, drivers over the age of 85 are four times more likely to have caused a crash than to have been involved in a collision that wasn't their fault.
  • + On average the cheapest insurance is offered to drivers aged 71 and over. But does this mean they are better drivers, safer or just less likely to have an accident?
  • + Old people adapt their driving style, by adopting a cautious driving style drivers are less likely to be involved in accidents caused by drink driving, speeding or reckless driving.

The Results

According to both the RAC Foundation and the Institute of Advanced Motorists, older drivers are safer than younger drivers.

So if we are judging who are the better drivers on safety statistics, young drivers are, on average, the more dangerous. So, this makes older drivers the winners.

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