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Older Persons Road Safety

DID YOU KNOW?

According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists, drivers over 70 are as safe as middle aged drivers - the safest group.

Also deaths and serious injuries among older drivers are falling, although not quite as much as in other groups.

TOP TIP

Planning a route is a good idea, especially if driving to an unfamiliar destination and you don't know the road.

When travelling greater distances to unfamiliar places, a satellite navigation system (SATNAV) can be really useful.

This inexpensive accessory can help remove much of the stress in driving.

Driver Assessment - find a test centre

The roads, the amount of traffic and the types of cars we drive have all changed dramatically over the years so maybe this is a good time to have a voluntary assessment of your driving?

Courses may vary from area to area, however wherever you live, a driving assessment will give you the opportunity to have a qualified driving instructor go out with you for a short drive, on a familiar route, to offer tips and advice on staying safe and well behind the wheel. Theory sessions are sometimes offered to complement the practical drive. The classroom session is a chance to discuss anything on your mind about your driving. You can ask any questions and make sure that you are up to date with the current laws and requirements of being a safer driver.

Listed below are driving assessment courses across the country - please check to see if there is one in your area.

If there's not one currently listed near you, contact your local council and ask to speak to a Road Safety Officer to see what's available nearby. You can find your local contact at www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/contacts