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What Age Should I Consider Stopping Driving?

When Should You Surrender Your Driving License?

What Age Should I Consider Stopping Driving?

In the UK, there is not an actual legal age that you must stop driving. As long as you are fit and healthy enough to drive, you can continue to renew your licence every three years after you turn 70.


What Changes In My Health Can Affect My Driving?

  • Your eyesight becoming poorer
  • Your reactions become slower
  • You have any medical condition that will affect your ability to drive safely

You are required by law to inform the DVLA about any medical conditions relating to how safely you can drive.


Will My Insurance Cover An Accident If My Health Was A Factor?

Your insurance may not cover you if you are involved in an accident due to a health condition. Furthermore, you could be prosecuted.


Who Can Advise Me Whether I Am Fit To Drive?

You can ask your doctor on advice as to when it is time to surrender your driving license. Your GP will assess your health and recommend regular eye tests.

If you regularly take certain prescribed medicines, this may affect your reactions and result in void insurance and prosecution if driving.


What Is The Law When Driving With Inadequate Eyesight?

Dring Over 70 - The Law (UK)You must be able to  clearly read a number plate from over 20 metres away. If you require glasses or contact lenses to do so, you must always wear these whilst driving.

As you get older, if you wish to continue driving, you must have regular eye tests. Your eyesight can deteriorate quickly without you realising.


Do I Have To Resit My Test After 70?

No. But it may be a good idea to seek a professional driving instructor’s advice and assessment every 3 years when you renew your license. A confirmation letter from a qualified instructor, along with documentation to show that you have had a recent eye test will help prevent prosecution and ensure that you are covered by your insurance in the event of an accident.


Tips – When It’s Time To Stop Driving

  • If you find driving increasingly stressful.
  • If you struggle to drive in the dark or towards bright sunlight.
  • When your reactions aren’t as sharp as they used to be.
  • When friends or family suggest that you should think about giving up driving.
  • When medication may impair your ability to drive safely.


Can I Reapply For A Driving License After I Have Surrendered It?

Yes. If you have voluntarily surrendered your license and later decide to reapply for a new one,  this can be done. However it is recommended that you speak with your GP to have confirmation that you have the ability to drive. You can also seek assessment from RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents). Here is a link to read further information and advice from the RoSPA.


Useful Links

Renew Your Licence If You’re Over 70

General information: assessing fitness to drive





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