Expert names group of drivers who a greater risk to others

A driving expert has named one group which puts others at greater risk - older drivers. Elderly drivers face increased risks on the roads, with fatigue and concentration issues posing significant dangers, he warned.

John Rawlings, the consumer editor at carwow, highlighted concerns about the "issues with frailty" that come with age, which can put older motorists at a higher risk of injury, whether they're driving petrol, diesel, or electric vehicles.

He also pointed out the heightened fears regarding elderly drivers becoming "more tired" and experiencing "drops in concentration" while driving, which could lead to more accidents, especially as we approach the summer months.

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In a conversation with the Express, John explained: "They are at risk because of various factors. If they get involved in a collision then it hurts more and they won't mend quite as quickly."

He continued by discussing the physical challenges faced by ageing drivers: "There are those issues of frailty that come with ageing. Reflexes will be a little bit slower and the actual physical ability amongst some much older drivers to even brake in time or press certain pedals as you can get certain confusions.", reports

John further elaborated on the potential for confusion over pedal control: "Putting the right amount of pressure on the brake pedal and also just making sure your foot is on the brake pedal and not the accelerator."

He concluded with a stark warning about the dangers of driver fatigue among the elderly: "Also older drivers tend to get more tired and there are drops in concentration... Older drivers are certainly more at risk of fatigue-related collisions."

The Department for Transport's data underscores the growing concerns surrounding the safety of elderly drivers on UK roads.

The statistics showed that in 2022, approximately one-fourth of all car drivers who lost their lives on UK roads were older drivers.

At the same time, older motorists accounted for 11 percent of all individuals injured in car crashes.

Delving into the details, it emerged that a lack of concentration was a significant factor in many of these incidents.

The most common cause of fatal and serious collisions (FSCs) from 2017 to 2022 was a driver or rider not looking properly, which was a factor in 29 percent of accidents involving elderly drivers, compared to only 21 percent involving "other car drivers".

Misjudging another person's path or speed was implicated in 14 percent of collisions with older drivers at the wheel, whereas it was a factor in just nine percent for other age groups.

"Driver or rider illness or disability, mental or physical" was cited in 11 percent of accidents involving older drivers, a stark contrast to the mere two percent for other road users, representing a significant fivefold increase.