Government urged to consider older drivers
The call comes as the number of over-70s who have a driving license reaches 4.34 million - a rise of 11% over the last three years.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists has claimed that this means that ministers should pay more attention to the wellbeing of elderly drivers.
Despite the fact that there is information available about how older drivers can stay safe, the IAM says that there needs to be more formal funding.
This would include considering older motorists when manufacturing cars and voluntary on-road driving tests for people over a certain age. With millions of drivers over the age over 70 and older on the roads, the charity claims that these measures are important to the safety of everyone.
Drivers at this age have been found to have a number of disadvantages compared to younger motorists, including slower reaction times, stress and easy loss of control.
While issues such as these have been attributed to collisions in the past, overall the level of accidents involving older people is lower than other ages, with only 6% of motorist injury accidents involving people over 70.
This figure is small compared to the 30-something driving population, which is responsible for 35% of accidents in the UK. Protecting drivers over a certain age is still however a priority for the IAM.