Wednesday 20 September 2017

Why elderly drivers should feel insulted by this survey

Angry pensioners over a botched plan to abolish medical cards for the over-70s. Should they also be up in arms over the 'experienced' sign for elderly drivers? Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Angry pensioners over a botched plan to abolish medical cards for the over-70s. Should they also be up in arms over the 'experienced' sign for elderly drivers? Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

SOMEONE has gone to the trouble of finding out if 'ordinary' drivers would treat their elderly counterparts with more consideration - if they knew their age.

How dare they.

The survey by the AA found nearly half of 'other' drivers would leave more space in front and avoid tailgating if the car in front was being driven by somebody elderly.

It suggests that an 'Experienced' sign on the car would have that effect - the same as the 'baby on board' stickers.

Are they for real?

Mature drivers are among the best and most careful on the road - their mere presence is testament to that.

I think the real revelation in this survey is ageism. Next they'll want to know if we would give women drivers a wider berth than men.

Come on.

Mature drivers are on the road because they are insured and are deemed capable of negotiating a journey.

How wide a berth would you afford someone with a drink-drive conviction, speeding conviction, drug-driving conviction?

A lot more, I'd say, than a decent, experienced driver who may have grey hair and a few lines more than those around them. But they are far more likely to be courteous to others and capable of dealing with the thuggery of tailgating that haunts so many journeys these days.

What do you think? Would you favour an 'elderly' sticker?

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