AWARENESS FOR THE OLDER DRIVER

As individuals we recognise, and often try to forget, that every day we get older and as such we begin to slow down.  Unrecognised this can have a detrimental effect on our ability to drive as safely as we would like.

There is a considerable body of research into the safety of older drivers.  If collision rates are calculated on a per-licensed-driver basis, older drivers up to the age of 80 have collision rates that are comparable to those of middle-aged drivers.  However, the increased frailty of older drivers means that they are more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision than their younger counterparts.

*(Source:  Driving Choices for the Older Motorist – RAC Foundation Report 2012)

Drive Safe (driving@60+)

South Yorkshire Police, funded by South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, are working together with Safety 1st Driving Academy to deliver an interactive road safety session for South Yorkshire drivers ages 60+.

The Aim of the Sessions

All those attending the session will receive road safety advice with driving instructors approved by the Driving Standards Agency, the chance to interact with members of the emergency services to learn of their roles and responsibilities at collision scenes.  

Professionals from the health service will be on hand to confidentially discuss general health and wellbeing issues, age related eyesight illnesses and British Red Cross will also be on-hand to give basic but vital First-Aid advice for those that find themselves at the scene of a collision.  There will also be the opportunity to arrange a practical based driver coaching and advice session with an approved driving instructor.

Course Information

Please contact the Lifewise Centre for up-to-date details on the latest sessions.

For further details, or to book a place on a course, please contact the Lifewise Centre on 01709 832455 or alternatively, email lifewise.booking@southyorks.pnn.police.uk

DriveSafe Session Images

Bristol Street Motors providing advice on weekly checks to your vehicle

Information and demonstration, of simple vehicle adaptations that may aid the older driver.  These will include extensions to internal and external door mirrors, steering wheel aids, etc. 

South Yorkshire Police giving general road safety advice and explaining their roles and responsibilities at the scene of a collision

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive information stand, providing advice on bus routes, bus pass entitlements and lots more information on short journey alternatives 

Useful Links

Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) - Mature Drivers Assesment, an informal and relaxed one-hour on road session for older drivers to assess/refresh their skills, improve confidence and provide reassurance in their own abilities.