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Science in the News: Should old people be allowed to drive?

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Environmental Social Economical This is my coursework broken down into digestible chunks. Anything I used came from this piece of text. For (they should be able to drive) > They are experienced in driving. Therefore have more practises driving on the road. [8] > More convenient, you can get where you want, whenever you want. [11] > Not as dangerous in a car, as elderly people may feel intimidated at a bus stop. [12] > It is discrimination to not let them drive. [13] > They have passed there test, so they have as much right to drive than anyone else. [14] > Gives money to the Government for road tax. > Petrol stations gain money. > They can talk with family and friends comfortably without feeling awkward around others. > If more old people drive they will buy new cars, from car dealers. Putting more money into the local economy, adding to the Multiplying effect. ...read more.

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> http://www.rmiia.org/auto/teens/Teen_Driving_Statistics.asp > 16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age. > 16-year-olds are 3 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than the average of all drivers. > Drivers ages 15-20 accounted for 12% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2008 and 14% of all drivers involved in police-reported crashes. > > While older driver deaths reduced by 14% from 2008-2009, the number of older driver fatalities is still above average. Drivers aged 75 years or over have a higher risk (per distance travelled) of being killed in a crash than any other age group. Research shows that as people age, their bodies become more fragile and, as a result, they are more likely to be hurt or killed in a crash. * slowing in reaction time; * loss of clarity in vision and hearing; * loss of muscle strength and flexibility; and * use of medication which may cause drowsiness. ...read more.

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/article728529.ece Drivers aged 70 and older are three times as likely to be killed or seriously injured in a road crash as those aged between 40 and 65 Bibliography 1. http://usroads.com/journals/rilj/0101/ri010102.htm#f2 An American website offering tables and graphs about traffic accidents. 2. http://www.sizes.com/people/reaction_time.htm Gives a table showing reaction times for different age groups. 3. http://www.rmiia.org/auto/teens/Teen_Driving_Statistics.asp A website giving car crash statistics. (American) 4. http://www.tacsafety.com.au/jsp/content/NavigationController.do;jsessionid=GDMOFMJEFDGC?areaID=2 A website giving tables and information. 5. http://www.iii.org/media/hottopics/insurance/olderdrivers/ An organisation called 'iii' have released information... 6. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/article728529.ece A newspaper article which states facts at the beginning. 7. http://www.drdriving.org/elderly/ Information 8. http://www.lbp.police.uk/freedom-of-information/publications/l%20%20b%20road%20crash%20statistics.pdf information. 9. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/04/23115458/7 Buses are less convenient. 10. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2003/12/18656/30605 Bus stations may make old people feel intimidated. 11. Collins GCSE Science - Page 116 - The cilary muscles becomes less flexible when we get older. 12. http://users.tpg.com.au/mpaine/speed.html graph 13. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/head_neck/patients/audiology/hearing_loss_prevalence.aspx graph 14. http://www.kongregate.com/forums/9/topics/75895 People saying it is discrimination not to let old people drive. 15. http://www.pensionersforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=15.0 People saying elderly citizens have passed their test so they should be allowed to pass their test. 16. http://www.fightglobalwarming.com/page.cfm?tagID=263 Cars add to global warming 17. http://www.whatgas.com/press/dec_2010.html graph showing petrol prises rising. ...read more.

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Overall, a range of good points. The response to the question covers a wide variety of relevant points, although some points are quite weak and the clarity of each point and what it means to the older age group is ...

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Response to the question

Overall, a range of good points. The response to the question covers a wide variety of relevant points, although some points are quite weak and the clarity of each point and what it means to the older age group is not clearly explained. The layout of the essay detracts from the response to the question leading to lack of clarity throughout the piece.

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The candidate uses a variety of sources that they have accessed. However, the quoting technique used is messy and the candidate should use a proper referencing method to make the essay present better. A few of their reasons for elderly people being able to drive are not very strong, for example where they mention petrol stations gain money, this could be grouped into a generic the elderly driving a car will put more money into the economy point rather than using three separate bullet points pertaining to the same thing.The candidate does include further information that provides evidence supporting their points, but this is not presented tidily and is presented in a random order so not adding to the essay.

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The grammar is wrong in places. For example, ' they have more practises in driving' is not only spelt wrong but also reads wrongly. It should read, ' They have more practice with driving on the road.' Later in the essay the writing become 'sloppy' leading to spelling mistakes and grammatical errors that should have been avoided. Overall punctuation seems fine.


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