The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has launched a Mature Driver’s Assessment, which it describes as “a way for older drivers to gain a trusted second opinion on their driving”.
The assessment, which is available for motorists aged over 70 years and costs £35, also includes advice on what action, if any, the driver needs to take.
The assessment is not a formal test, but a 60-minute drive with an IAM-approved assessor. Candidates drive in their own vehicle on routes with which they are familiar. At the end of the assessment, they are given immediate feedback and a confidential written report.
A certificate is given to those judged ‘excellent’ or ‘competent’ or for others there is advice that their driving needs to improve.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “This assessment helps keep older people driving for as long as it is safe to do so.
“It’s worth remembering that many older people actually give up too early, simply because they lack confidence.
“It also gives elderly drivers and their families the information they need so that they can choose the right time to give up driving.”