Should your age determine whether you can drive a car?

Should your age determine whether you can drive a car?

Yes, Prince Philip is 97, but we should all get regular top-ups of our driving skills

It was no surprise that when Prince Philip was involved in a car crash the week before last, it made the front pages in Britain. But the incident was quickly used to seemingly launch an attack on the abilities of elderly drivers (Philip is 97 years old), and that thread of conversation spread onto Irish social media and airwaves this past week. It’s very easy to portray people of a certain age as “doddery” and “slow-reacting”, but the reality is that everyone is different, and their ability to competently and safely drive a car is not necessarily directly linked to their age. In short, there is no definitive correlation between driving ability and age.

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