Learning To Drive When You’re Older: What Do You Need to Know?


One of the more frequent questions we get asked here at Beverly Slater is how old is too old to start learning how to drive? The answer is, you’re never too old! That’s right, anyone in the UK can start learning to drive no matter what age you are. Although, if you do have a driving licence, then you will have to renew it every 3 years once you get to the age of 70. Other than that, there aren’t many upper age limits on driving. 

In this blog post, we will be discussing what you need to know about being an older learner driver, and addressing the issues surrounding it. 

Why do people learn to drive when they’re older? 

There are a variety of reasons as to why older people decide to learn how to drive. Some of the main reasons why not everyone learns to drive at 17 is because of the cost, the time, and the anxiety. Some people are very nervous in their late teens/early twenties, and they feel as though they should wait before they take the leap into starting their driving lessons. Other people can’t afford driving lessons and buying a car just yet. And for others, it simply isn’t a priority in their life right now, until one day it is.  

When you’re older, you make more life changing decisions which result in needing to change how you do things. If you move to a more rural area, or start a new job, then you may need to start driving.

Is it more difficult for older people to learn to drive? 

Unfortunately, yes. It is a little harder for older people to pass their driving test than their younger counterparts. However, this shouldn’t put you off trying. Here at Beverly Slater, our professional and friendly team of driving instructors are dedicated to teaching you what you need to know to pass your test, and will help you every step along the way. We teach students of all ages, varying from 17, 20s, 30s, 40s, and beyond.  

If you’re passionate about learning to drive, and you’re of an older age, we can help you. We teach in a number of South Greater Manchester locations such as Didsbury, Cheadle Hulme, Wilmslow, Knutsford, and more. If you’re interested in learning to drive no matter what your age, contact our team today. 

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