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 Tarporley 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 Wyevale Garden Centre in Tarporley on Tuesday, August 27. 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 Wyevale, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, 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 Karen Shore, cabinet member for environment, highways and strategic transport, said: “We are pleased to be working with RoSPA on this project along with Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. If you know an older driver, or are just concerned for a friend or relative who is still driving, then this may help.”
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.