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Should old people be allowed to drive?
In this essay I will answer the question: 'should old people be allowed to drive' with an unbiased viewpoint.
Elderly people should be allowed to drive, however to a certain age. If you are aged 60-74 you have a 1.56 out of 5 (31.2%) chance of crashing, however if you are aged 75+ you have 4.73 out of 5 (94.6) chance you will crash!  Suggesting that up to 74, the elderly driver is suitably on the road, but after that they will cause jeopardy across British roads. Also, they are experienced drivers, and have usually had over 30 years practise. Studies show that per 100,000 causalities, 16-29 year olds had more causalities (26) than drivers older than 70 (18) . 16 year olds are 3 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than the average of all drivers  showing us that younger people are more vulnerable to having a car crash. Senior citizens sometimes are told to go on public transport instead of driving a car, however this is unsuitable for them as it is not convenient and doesn't get them everywhere they want to
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