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Elderly have more confidence behind the wheel


By Laura Cotton

One in ten motorists think they would have problems passing at least one part of their driving test if they had to re-sit it, according to an AA/Populus poll.

However pensioners appear to think they’d have no problem when it comes to parallel parking and checking their mirrors.


“I’m I supposed to be on the right side of the road or the left?”

Almost 17’000 people were interviewed and although it has been widely discussed that pensioners should re-sit their test, people aged over 65 were actually the most confident age group in the poll.

When people were asked if they thought they could successfully complete a parallel park in their test, 32% of 18-24 didn’t think they could, compared to 20% of over 65s.

Another part of the test would be use of mirrors and 22% of 18-24 said they didn’t feel c confident passing that yet just 1% of over 65s felt the same.

On the subject of proposing elderly should re-sit their test, a spokesperson for the AA said: “It’s not something we would generally support. We think all drivers should sit their test regardless of their age.”


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