Mature Driver Review

For the road ahead

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Refresh your driving skills

Are you an experienced driver looking to brush up on your skills? Whether you’re looking to ensure your driving is as sharp as it can be, or if you’ve lost a bit of confidence along the way, our Mature Driver Review can help.

Watch our video to learn what driving means to others, and how our Mature Driver Review helped them carry on driving safely and confidently.

 

Is a driving review right for me?

Our Mature Driver Review is suitable for anyone who wants to continue to improve their driving skills in later life.

Whether you're a grandparent looking to ensure the safety of your passengers, or simply want to top-up your skills, our review gives you the reassurance that you and your passengers are safe on the road.

We know just how important driving is, and how it represents the freedom to go anywhere, anytime. This is why drivers like Nigel choose our course, because it gives them the confidence and skills to carry on driving and maintain their independence...

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"Having passed my test in 1980, and using my car daily, I thought should have my driving reviewed. The assessor was very friendly and professional, and I was put at ease very quickly.

After the review, I was pleased to hear that my driving was better than expected! I felt reassured my abilities are still pretty good and not as out of date as I thought I might be! I was given a some helpful pointers as to what I needed to improve on." - Nigel, 63

 

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Video: What does driving mean to you?

 

Section 2: Resources for older drivers

Formerly the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), we have over 60 years of helping drivers and riders of all ages to advance their skills. Below are some of our top resources for older drivers.

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Try our Free self-assessment

Our anonymous self-assessment will guide you through some of the checks drivers can make. These cover six key areas:

  • Eyesight
  • Physical mobility
  • Tiredness
  • Making decisions
  • Medical conditions
  • Driving history

Please note that any advice given is not a substitution for discussing concerns with a medical professional. You can also download and print a paper version of the self-assessment below.

   Download our self-assessment

 

 

Safe Driving tips

1. Have regular eye tests. As we grow older, our eyesight can deteriorate or change - making it harder to see road signs and other road users. By having regular eye tests, older drivers can ensure that their eyesight stays within the legal limit to drive, and will make spotting hazards easier.

2. Check your medications. Always seek advice from a doctor or medical professional if you are taking medicines which may impair your ability to drive, or if you notice a change in your ability to drive while on medication.

3. Inform the DVLA. There are certain medical conditions which you must inform the DVLA about by law. The conditions include glaucoma in both eyes, strokes, heart conditions and certain forms of diabetes.

4. Remove distractions. For older drivers who may have corrected hearing or vision, keeping the vehicle free from distractions is vitally important. Ensuring full concentration on the road and potential hazards will often result in a calmer and safer drive.

5. Drive in good conditions. While having the independence to drive anywhere at any time is extremely important for older drivers, by planning your driving around good conditions (such as on clear, dry days) you can cut out some of the unnecessary risks of driving in wet or icy weather.

6. Keep your distance. Creating a ‘safety bubble’ of space around your vehicle will give you more time to prepare for unexpected hazards and can mitigate some loss in reaction times. It also gives you more time to plan and carry out simple procedures such as stopping at a junction.

Read more hints and tips

 

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Blog: The Mature Driver Review with Sue Cole

A 26-year-old Sue Cole passed her driving test on her third attempt in 1986 and has enjoyed driving ever since. Now retired, she spent many years working at a girl’s school in Malvern, Worcestershire, where she was often behind the wheel of the school minibus four or five times a week taking students to and from trips.

Read the full blog

 

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News: Support for testing every 5 years

Older motorists are more willing to prove how safe they actually are on the roads, with more than half of motorists over 60 (55% of 3000 surveyed) agreeing with the statement that senior drivers should be retested every five years after their licence renewal.

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Section 3: Renewing your licence

Below is our guidance for renewing your driving licence once you reach 70.

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Over 70? Renew with confidence

To continue driving, your licence needs to be renewed when it expires on your 70th birthday, and every three years after that.

The DVLA will send you a letter each time your renewal is due, and you can find out more about the process on the gov.uk website.

For many drivers, knowing whether or not to renew their licence is an easy decision. However, one-to-one driving reviews can offer you that extra level of confidence that you’re making the right choice. Some drivers even choose to have a review every three years to coincide with their licence renewal dates.

 

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The Renewal Checklist

You can renew your licence with the DVLA if:

renewaltickYou are 70 years or older (or 70 within the next 90 days)

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    Meet the minimum eyesight requirements

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    You aren’t prevented from driving for any reason

We also recommend that drivers over 70:

renewaltick Try our free self-assessment

renewaltick Undergo a voluntary Mature Driver Review

renewaltick Have a medical check

 

Download and Print: Licence Renewal Tracker and Checklist

Click the button below to download our free ‘Licence Renewal Tracker and Checklist’.

This free resource summarises the information in the section of the web page, reminding you when to renew your licence and a checklist of the key points to consider before each renewal.

   Licence Renewal Tracker and Checklist

 

Section 4: Changes to the Highway Code

For many of us, the roads today are very different to when we first passed our driving tests. Below we explore some of the most recent changes to the Highway Code introduced in 2022.

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Recent Highway Code Changes

1. The 'Hierarchy of Road Users'

The introduction section of The Highway Code has been updated to include 3 new rules (H1, H2, H3) about the new ‘Hierarchy of Road Users’. The hierarchy places those road users most at risk in the event of a collision at the top of the Hierarchy, but does not remove the need for everyone to behave responsibly.

 

2. People crossing the road at junctions

The 2022 Highway Code clarifies that:

  • When people are crossing or waiting to cross at a junction, other traffic should give way
  • If people have started crossing and traffic wants to turn into the road, the people crossing have priority and the traffic should give way
  • People driving, riding a motorcycle or cycling must give way to people on a zebra crossing and people walking and cycling on a parallel crossing
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3. Overtaking vulnerable road users

New guidance means you may now cross a double-white line if necessary (provided the road is clear) to overtake someone cycling or riding a horse travelling at 10 mph or less (Rule 129). There is also updated guidance for overtaking vulnerable road users, including:

  • Leaving at least 1.5 metres (5 feet) when overtaking people cycling at speeds of up to 30mph
  • Leaving at least 2 metres (6.5 feet) when passing horse riders or horse-drawn vehicles who are going under 10 mph
  • Allowing at least 2 metres (6.5 feet) of space and keeping to a low speed when passing people walking in the roa
 

4. Parking vehicles and 'The Dutch Reach'

The updated code now recommends a new technique when leaving vehicles called the ‘Dutch Reach’. Where people driving or passengers in a vehicle are able to do so, they should open the door using their hand on the opposite side to the door they are opening. For example, using their left hand to open a door on their right-hand side.

This will make them turn their head to look over their shoulder behind them. They’re then less likely to cause injury to:

  • People cycling or riding a motorcycle passing on the road
  • People on the pavement
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Read Online: The Highway Code

A lot changes after we pass our driving test, and the Highway Code is no different. New and updated rules are introduced each year to help improve UK road safety for all. Today the Highway Code is available online for free, while the paper copy can also be ordered online.

Read the full Highway Code