Things That Go Bump for Older Drivers

By Maunsell, Nevill Boyd | The Birmingham Post (England), January 22, 2000 | Go to article overview

Things That Go Bump for Older Drivers


Maunsell, Nevill Boyd, The Birmingham Post (England)


One in eight of all motor insurance claims by older drivers last year arose because the insured hit a parked car or other obstacle and another 7 per cent when the motorist reversed into another vehicle.

These are among the findings from an analysis of claims by Age Concern Insurance Services, a trading arm of the charity which specialises in insuring the over-55s.

It has succeeded in providing good-value insurance for older motorists, by establishing that in most respects they are more careful drivers than younger age groups and less likely to be in a serious accident.

Age Concern also makes a point of setting no upper age limit for accepting motor insurance proposals.

"Older drivers will have built up years of driving experience, which will enable them to deal with many of the everyday hazards that may arise on the roads today," said Mr David Hoyle, insurance manager at Age Concern Insurance Services.

"However, accidents still happen and it is useful for drivers to be aware of the most common causes of claims."

He urged older drivers to take extra time to look when parking or reversing.

"Be especially aware of any blind spots in the car," he added. "If you have trouble moving your head and neck, adding 'blind spot' mirrors can help."

Nearly one in ten of Age Concern's private car claims involved accidents at junctions.

Mr Hoyle urged older drivers not to let themselves be harassed at junctions by other motorists behind them revving their engines.

"Don't feel pressurised into moving off until you are absolutely sure that it is safe to do so," he said. …

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