Older drivers more at risk of making ‘dangerous’ road safety errors than young motorists

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They warn mature and experienced drivers can become “more aware” of possible driving dangers which could see them caught out. Instead, the group said younger drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 were some of the safest on the roads as they were more aware of some frightening road risks.

A new survey from Rooster shown exclusively to Express.co.uk found drivers between the age of 55 and 64 were the least humble age group.

More than a third of those polled said nothing would negatively affect how well they could drive.

Meanwhile, just over a quarter of older drivers said they refreshed their knowledge of the Highway Code each year.

Richard Tucker, founder at Rooster Insurance said: “It’s all too easy to become a complacent driver as we gain more miles on the clock and trips around the UK.

“However, this is a dangerous trap for the more mature and experienced driver to fall into, becoming more and more unaware of potential driving dangers on the UK roads.”

Rooster’s survey praised younger drivers, claiming 92 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds were aware of things that could affect their driving ability.

Half said they understood how adverse weather conditions may affect road safety such as visibility.

Meanwhile, 40 percent said they were aware of the dangers of busy roads as 34 percent said they took caution on one-way systems.

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One-third of drivers between this age range also said they were aware of the dangers caused by complex roundabouts.

Millennial drivers between the ages of 25 and 34 were found to be the second safest in the poll.

Mr Tucker said it was “crucial” motorists were being as safe as possible when on the roads.

He warned learning to drive should be an “ongoing awareness and education” and urged drivers not to stop once they had just passed their test.

He said: “It’s great to see the nation’s youngest drivers on the road self-imposing measures to stay informed and remain safe while they’re driving.

“It’s crucial that people are being safe on the roads, regardless of age, and taking every measure possible.

“Learning how to be a safe driver shouldn’t stop the moment you pass your test; it should be an ongoing awareness and education throughout your driving life.”

The poll comes just weeks after a range of campaigners tried to introduce a range of tough new restrictions on elderly drivers.

Some were pushing for older drivers to commit to an annual or bi-annual medical exam to ensure they were safe on the roads.

Experts at Drive Mobility said they were in discussions over proposing a range of restrictions on older drivers with medical illnesses.

This would include curfews, distance limits and the installation of tracking devices in their cars.

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