Elderly drivers should face medical checks ‘every two years’ to check reaction times

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Mr Freeman said reaction times were “of critical importance” and could have major safety risks if left unchecked. He warned “reactions slow” when drivers get older which could have consequences when on the road.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “Should they make an eye test mandatory, absolutely in my view.

“I’ve done this in my road traffic charter. I think from the age of 70, every motorist should have a mandatory eye test every two years.

“I also think there should be a medical every two years.

“It’s not just eyesight, it’s reaction time.

“As we know, when you get older your reactions slow.

“We drive with a two or three second rule, most people aren’t aware of it.

“When you’re following a vehicle you’re supposed to comply with a two or three second rule is supposed to enable you to stop.

“So reaction time is of critical importance.

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“That’s something that needs to be tested so if someone like a child comes out in front of your car, you’re not expecting it.

“If your reactions are blunted or blurred and you’re slightly slower, that can have critical consequences.

“My argument is it’s not just a compulsory eye test every two years, it’s also a compulsory medical.”

His comments come weeks after the Road Safety Foundation released their report ‘supporting safe driving into old age’.

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