Driving advice for older drivers

Thanks to todays healthier lifestyles and better health care, we are all living much longer active lives. It's estimated that the number of drivers over the age of 60 could increase significantly in the next decade, but although having a wealth of experience behind the wheel is great, your senses won't be as sharp as they used to be!

In the UK the drivers licence expires at the age of 70. After that age a driver will have to renew their licence every 3 years and also be able to fulfill the DVLA's eyesight requirements and notify them of any medical conditions that could affect their driving ability.

If you have concerns about an older driver, it may be a relative, a friend, or even yourself, you may want to consider the following factors:
  • Slowing of reaction times to traffic situations or road signs

  • Problems with spatial awareness or positioning of the vehicle

  • Issues with hearing

  • Being unaware of the effects of new medications

  • Difficulty in interpreting signage and traffic signals

Contrary to popular opinion, most older drivers do not pose a hazard to the average road user. It is usually the younger impatient driver that causes problems! Despite this fact, it should be bourne in mind that the older generation sometimes do not realise that their faculties may no longer allow them to be safe on the road.

Older drivers should visit their doctor regularly, and report any medical conditions to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if they want to avoid accidents, and stay safe.

If you have had a car accident that was not your fault, we can help you. Just give us a call us on 02392 484 244 . Just give us all the details you can and we will call you back, if we can help - we will.

No need to claim on your insurance

Anyone who has been involved in a road accident has the right to choose who repairs their vehicle. If you were responsible for the accident you were involved in, the company that insures your vehicle would normally deal with your accident claim.

However if you were not at-fault for the accident, you can choose to either claim on your own insurance policy or make a claim independently of your insurer. To find out more call 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.

We and our partners help thousands of people make independent accident claims. Our service enables motorists to get the help and assistance they need to resolve their accident related issues, with the costs being recovered directly from the at-fault driver on your behalf.

No excess to pay

Unfortunately even if an accident was not your fault, your insurer will almost certainly require you to pay your excess before any repair is started on your car.

This money should of course be recovered by an insurer at a later date, but with our service - you do not have to pay it at all.

By using our independent claims service, you are not making a claim on your insurance policy and so you will have no excess to pay.

Receive a comparable replacement hire vehicle

Not all insurance policies will include a replacement hire-car for you to use if yours is damaged and unroadworthy. In fact it is typically an 'optional extra' on your policy.

Other policies may offer a 'courtesy car' but this is often just a 'basic' saloon or hatchback which may not be suitable for your needs.

Car Call and its partners will provide a comparable replacement vehicle as part of our service. This means we will endeavour to supply a hire-vehicle that similar to your own in terms of its type, make and engine size.

So whether you drive a small hatchback or a prestige sports car, we will look to provide a similar hire-vehicle that suits your needs.

Manufacturer approved vehicle repairs

If you have been involved in a car accident, the last thing you want to have to worry about is the quality of the repairs to your car. We have a UK wide network of partner approved Accident Repair Centres available to all of our customers.

Many of our accident repair centres are have manufacturer approvals for specific brands, so if you require a manufacturer approved repair centre, simply tell your personal claim handler and they will ensure your vehicle goes to an approved repairer.

Want you vehicle repaired by a specific garage? No problem, we can alternatively use a repairer that you specify.

Legal Assistance

Our partner solicitors provide legal assistance as part of our service. They specialise in motor claims related issues, so you can be assured of the best possible advice and assistance.

They issues they can assist you with include:

  • Recovery of the cost of the replacement hire-vehicle
  • Recovery of the cost of uplifting your damaged vehicle
  • Recovery of all repair costs
  • Recovery of the cost of damaged of personal items
  • Seeking financial compensation for an injury