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When is the Right Time to Retire your Driver's Licence?

Many people are heavily reliant on their ability to drive, and this is something that we start to take for granted over the years. However, as we get older our abilities and capabilities can change quite dramatically and this can affect the ability to drive safely amongst other things.

After decades of driving, it can be quite difficult to think about retiring your driving licence. However, you have to bear in mind that this is something that you may have to do one day. Once you reach the age of 70, you will no longer be entitled to automatic renewals, so at this stage you may want to consider whether or not you want to or should renew your licence.

Considerations for drivers thinking of retiring their licence

Most people will not think about retiring their license until they move into the older age bracket, as this is when driving is likely to become more difficult and more dangerous. Of course, there are younger people who have to stop driving due to problems such as injuries or illness. However, it is generally older drivers who have to make a conscious decision with regards to whether or not to retire their licence.

Each year, a number of accidents are caused as a result of drivers who should really have retired their licences but have decided to continue driving. If you have been injured as a result of this type of accident you may be entitled to make a claim and can get further advice from specialists such

Some of the factors you should take into consideration when working out whether or not to stop driving include:

  • The speed of your reactions: If you have noticed that your reactions are no longer as sharp as they should be, it may be time to retire your license. Slow reactions can lead to serious accidents, putting you and other people on the road at risk.
  • How well you cope with driving: If you find that you are becoming increasingly stressed when you are on the road, this may be the time to retire your license. Whilst we all get stressed when driving at some point or another, finding it difficult to cope each and every time you drive could pose a danger to you and to others. 
  • If your eyesight gets worse: If you find that your eyesight has got worse to the point that you struggle even when wearing glasses or contacts, you may need to retire your licence for safety reasons.
  • Medical issues: If you are diagnosed with a medical problem that could impact on your ability to drive, you may need to look at retiring your licence. This is something that you may have to discuss with your doctor.

While you may feel that you will be lost without your driving licence, it is imperative that you put your safety and the safety of others first, which is why you need to be prepared to retire your licence at the right time.

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