Keeping older drivers safe on the roads

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A GROUND-BREAKING initiative from the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is being offered to help older people drive safely.

The free course, being held at the Lifewise Centre in Rotherham, aims to help older drivers by providing them with advice 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 show that drivers, aged 60 and over, are over-represented in collisions compared to the numbers of older drivers on the road.

PC Mick Hedges, who developed the course, said: “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. At this time of year we shall also be offering valuable tips on winter driving.”

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 an incident.

The Safer Roads Partnership will be working in conjunction with Safety 1st Driving Academy to deliver a presentation at the event and on the road driving sessions.

Drivers will also be able to get help with other issues including general health and wellbeing, eyesight, vehicle maintenance, motoring mobility aids and alternatives to car travel.

Andy Warburton, from Safety 1st Driving Academy, added: “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 Monday 10th December, 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.