I really don’t understand why the licence to drive is issued for basically life.
It really needs to be for maybe a decade and then a retest done to ensure continued safety and adherence to the ever-developing driving standards/changes and our wonderful potholed and overcrowded roads.
And as you get past say 70 the testing should be more frequent.
A car has to have an MOT after just 3 years from new after all and yearly thereafter, so why do we not have more stringent testing?
As I got older and driving company cars doing ~35K per annum every year, I realised the odds of being in an accident increases year on year, so was always expecting a serious crash one day. Fortunately never been involved in one, but I took any opportunity to have driving classes offered via the companies I worked for, which usually involved ex-police instructors. Have to say they we are very useful and at the same time extremely tiring, so does show how much you do need to concentrate on the world around you, unlike many I see on the roads.
Another thing is that as you get older, you go night blind and I have seen that with local neighbours, so am fully expecting that one day, hopefully not for many years yet. You can tell as when you are following such a person they slow right down when traffic approaches and the dipped headlights basically ‘blind’ them till they pass and then they speed up again. They usually move well over to the left ditch too.
Maybe the above is all a moot point, as once we have fully autonomous cars, it won’t matter.