Posted by: om41800 | 08/02/2013

Senior Citizens Drive Safe – Free Event 4 April

A ground breaking initiative developed by the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is being offered to help older people to continue driving safely.

The free course, being held at the Lifewise Centre in Rotherham on 4 April, aims to support older drivers by providing them with advice and vital information tailored to meet their needs. Drivers will also be able to take advantage of a practical in-car coaching session to brush up on their driving skills.

Data shows that drivers, aged 60+, are over represented in collisions when compared to the proportion of older drivers on the road. With older drivers more likely to be seriously injured, the course aims to help drivers avoid the pain, suffering and inconvenience of being involved in such an incident.

The Safer Roads Partnership is working with Safety 1st Driving Academy to deliver an entertaining and informative presentation at the event as well as offering on the road driving sessions. Attendees will also be able to talk to a range of agencies who will be on hand to offer advice on a variety of related topics such as:

  • general health and wellbeing;
  • eyesight and eye health;
  • vehicle maintenance;
  • motoring mobility aids;
  • alternatives to car travel, with advice on public transport options;
  • the role of the emergency services in the event of a road traffic collision.  

An attendee at a previous Drive Safe event said “I completed my driving test in 1972 and since that time have had no further driving tuition. Although I thought my driving was safe I really had no idea if this was an accurate assessment. After my free on road assessment I was told that my driving was of a good standard. Thanks to the session I am now more confident when driving and my reversing and special skills have much improved”.

PC Mick Hedges explains, “Older drivers have amassed a wealth of experience over their driving career. The course aims to bring their knowledge up to date and help them to drive safer for longer, to maintain their mobility and independence.”

Andy Warburton from Safety 1st Driving Academy said, “We’re really excited to be involved with this event and to have an opportunity to help our more senior citizens to continue to be safe and considerate drivers. What’s more we are able to offer this free of charge through our work with the Safer Roads Partnership, so it won’t cost drivers a penny.”

To book a place at the event, which will be held at the Lifewise Centre on Thursday 4 April, starting at 10am, call 01709 832 455 or email drive.safe@southyorks.pnn.police.uk. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so book early to avoid disappointment.

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