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 Stapleton 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 mature drivers, RoSPA has launched Destination Drive, which comes to Dobbies Garden Centre Woodlands on Tuesday, August 20. 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 Leicestershire County Council, 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, 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.”
Councillor Blake Pain, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Older motorists have a great deal of driving experience, but the longer we practise any skill the greater the possibility of developing short cuts or even bad habits. This is a fantastic chance to renew one’s confidence or take stock of the small details that make us all better drivers. We would encourage anyone that is eligible to take advantage of this opportunity and take the time to refresh their knowledge and consider taking a driving assessment to ensure that their skills are up to date.”
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.