Website aims to help older drivers

Road safety organisation RoSPA has created a web resource specifically to help older drivers to stay safe and continue their mobility.

A website aimed at helping older people adapt to changes in their driving to stay safe on the road, has been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Set up with the aid of funding from the Department for Transport (DfT), the website is designed to provide advice and information for older drivers in a bid to help them to drive safely for longer through the provision of advice on how they can update their skills and knowledge to maintain their freedom and independence on the road, as well as advice for families or friends who are concerned about a loved one’s driving.

The aim of the site it to help older drivers to recognise whether and how their driving is changing and find out what they can do to cope with these changes. It can also help them find local driving assessment or refresher training and understand the law about health conditions and driving and how to renew their driving licence.

Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s head of road safety, said: “The older we are, the more experience we have as drivers. This is one of the reasons why older drivers tend to be safer and more considerate. However, our health and fitness often begins to decline as we grow older. Our eyesight, physical condition and reaction times may not be as good as they once were and we may develop age-related conditions or be taking medications that can affect our driving.”

Although many older drivers recognise that their driving ability is changing and alter when and where they drive to compensate, not all drivers do so. Commenting on this, Clinton continued, “There comes a time when each of us needs to reduce our driving, or even stop altogether. Of course, this is different for each person and there isn’t an age at which we automatically become unsafe to drive.”

In conclusion, Kevin Clinton told us, “The aim of the website is to help older people to continue to drive for as long as they are safe to do so and to provide advice on making the decision to retire from driving if they are no longer able to do so safely.”

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