Driving in the dark

over licence law

THE end of the Second World War heralded a massive boost in the UK's population.

With the spectre of Nazi domination kicked firmly into the long grass, the celebrated baby boom got under way to enjoy new and happier times.

Now many of the people born at the time are approaching 70 and a lot of them, like myself born in 1946, count themselves as good and safe drivers.

But the problem is that research has shown that many do not realise that they have to renew their licence at the Big Seven Oh - and every three years afterwards.

Direct Line car Insurance has been organising a questionnaire which shows that more than a quarter (28 per cent) of drivers over the age of 65, equal to around 2.1 million motorists, are in the dark when it comes to the validity of their licence.

Most of those questioned rate themselves as an average, good or excellent driver. Despite this, seven per cent of drivers -- equal to just over half a million motorists - doubted their ability to read a number plate 20 meters away and one in 10 have had an accident in the past five years.

The study highlighted that while 52 per cent of older drivers agreed that 70 was the right age for a standard licence to expire, a fifth (20 per cent) felt it should be determined on a case by case basis and 17 per cent felt 70 was too early. A further three per cent felt it should expire before the age of 70, whilesix per cent felt it shouldn't expire at all.

The problem is that if you are approaching 70 and turn your back or forget to renew your licence you are driving illegally, with all the dire consequences that can bring.

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