DRIVING: Continuing behind the wheel

Age UK have a great bank of online guides to a wide range of topics linked to later life.

One of their most popular guides looks at driving and considers issues you might come across as you continue to drive in later life

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Many of us enjoy the freedom and independence that driving gives us, and we don’t want to give it up. There are negative stories in the media about older drivers that can lead to some people losing their confidence on the road and giving up driving before they need to. But, in fact, statistics show that older drivers are relatively safe.

Although your licence entitlement will expire when you turn 70, this doesn’t automatically mean you have to stop driving – you’ll just need to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to renew it every three years. The DVLA should send you a renewal form automatically and renewal is free of charge.

However, some medical conditions that older people may develop can affect driving ability, and you must report relevant conditions to the DVLA, whatever your age. Often there will be a way to help you to carry on driving, although in some cases you may have to stop. This guide covers your legal obligations, as well as information about declaring medical conditions, tips on ensuring you drive safely, and adaptations that can help you to do so. It also gives advice about how to decide when it’s time to stop and find alternative ways to get out and about.

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