Here's a topic from today's papers that is bund to provoke controversy among those of us who drive in Thanet.
"Drivers intending to stay behind the wheel well into old age may have to pass exams proving they are mentally up to it.
Ministers want to ban anyone over 75 who does not pass the exams and they will insist that drivers repeat the series of IQ tests every five years if they want to stay on the road.
The new barriers to elderly motorists will also include an eyesight exam, but they will not have to re-take their practical driving test."
Drivers over the age of 55 take 22 per cent longer to react compared with those under 30 - adding about 25ft to their stopping time at 70mph.
Separate research by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency shows that only one in ten drivers of any age with a "notifiable" condition, such as epilepsy or heart problems, actually admits to it on the form."
In 1975, elderly motorists constituted fewer than one in six drivers on the road, but by 2004 it was nearly half.
On a personal note, I find driving in Thanet considerably more dangerous than flying and I tend to avoid using my motorcycle as much as possible these days after one too many narrow escapes.
What's your view. Should drivers be tested for mental alacrity at a certain age and what metric of acceptable IQ range should be considered as a pass mark.