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Older Drivers

There is no legal age at which you must stop driving. You can decide when to stop as long as you don’t have any medical conditions that affect your driving.

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What you need to consider as an older driver:

  • You must renew your driving licence every three years after you turn 70, but there are no laws on what age you must stop driving
  • Unless your health or eyesight suddenly gets worse, it can be very difficult to know when you should stop driving
  • Your safety- and the safety of other road users- is the most important thing to consider. If you are at all concerned that your driving is not as good as it was, don’t wait for an accident to convince you to stop.

It may be time to give up driving if, for example:

  • Your reactions are noticeably slower than they used to be
  • You find traffic conditions increasingly stressful
  • Your eyesight is getting worse
  • You have a medical condition that may affect your ability to drive safely – speak to you GP for advice

How to get an assessment of your driving skills

If you are worried about your fitness to drive, talk to your GP or health care professional. You could also consider asking a driving instructor or get an experienced driver assessment to get an objective (and confidential) assessment of your driving skills. You can book a test through the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

What to do if you decide to stop driving

If you decide to stop driving, you should contact the DVLA and tell them that you are giving up your driving licence. If you have a medical condition you will need to fill in a form and send it back to the DVLA along with your licence.

Travelling after giving up your licence

Giving up driving doesn’t need to mean the end of your independence – you could use public transport or taxis instead. As you get older you will become eligible for free bus travel and concessionary rates on rail travel anywhere in England.