Following the success of its 2017 100 Year Old Driving School ITV series, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is bringing a new event to Liverpool aimed at keeping drivers over the age of 65 on the road safely for longer.
As the popular TV show highlighted, medical conditions experienced as we age can have an effect on our driving.
To help reassure older, experienced drivers, RoSPA has launched Destination Drive, which comes to Dobbies Garden Centre in Speke, Liverpool on Tuesday, September 24 (11am-5pm). The initiative will encourage motorists to review their driving, and consider options for future needs and advice on the best ways to stay mobile, in a friendly, relaxed and familiar environment. In partnership with Dobbies and the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership, RoSPA is delivering the drop-in session to improve the confidence and safety of everyone who takes part.
Free 30-minute assessment drives will be available on the day for those keen to evaluate their current skills in their own car, and experts will be on hand to offer advice and guidance. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, it is advisable to book through our website www.olderdrivers.org.uk/destination-drive as soon as possible to avoid disappointment on the day.
You can also see how you would fare with the theory and hazard perception sections of the current driving test.
Nick Lloyd, RoSPA acting head of road safety, said: “As a charity we recognise the importance of driving and the independence it provides, and our aim is help mature drivers to keep driving safely and to give them an opportunity to get some useful hints and tips from our expert assessors.”
Andy Codd, Liverpool City Council road safety co-ordinator, said: “In 2016 the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership launched an initiative designed to assist senior drivers to brush up on their skills and address any concerns they may have. The partnership is therefore pleased to be working with RoSPA on Destination Drive to reinforce this message and to encourage experienced drivers to drive safer for longer. For senior citizens the freedom, control and choice that the ability to drive for longer brings to their lives cannot be stressed enough.”
For more advice and information, see www.olderdrivers.org.uk/destination-drive, which also provides plenty of advice and information on keeping safe as we get older, or call 0121 248 2099 to book a free assessment.