Older Drivers Awareness Week 2016
The Older Drivers Forum runs an Older Drivers Awareness Week every year at various venues across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The 2016 Older Drivers Awareness Week ran between Monday 26th September and Friday 30th September. Details are available here.
Older Drivers Task Force
The Older Drivers Task Force has published “Supporting Safe Driving into Old Age”, a report based on the latest international evidence, technology and road safety schemes. It makes seven key recommendations to ensure that older drivers can stay on the road and enjoy independent lives for as long as it is safe to do so:
1. Raise the age at which drivers must renew their driving licence from 70 years to 75 years, but only if an eye sight test is made compulsory
2. Require the DVLA to get evidence of a recent eyesight test when a person renews their driving licence
3. Ask a consumer body to prepare specific advice on modern car safety features that are especially helpful for older drivers
4. Improve road design, signs and markings to aid older drivers but also bring benefits for all drivers
5. Evaluate existing driving appraisal courses and improve information provided to older drivers, their families, and medical professionals
6. Pilot new products which offer an alternative to driving for older people.
7. Pool insurer data and research into major claims involving older drivers to understand the detailed causes.
The full report and recommendations can be downloaded here.
Driving a car is an important part of personal, family and work life for millions of us, providing freedom and independence to get about as and when we need to. Driving can be enjoyable and pleasant, but it also involves a certain amount of risk, and can be stressful.
Experienced drivers are, in general, safer than those with less experience. But as we get older, our health and fitness, often including our eyesight, physical condition and reaction times, begins to decline. Age related conditions can also begin to affect our driving. Of course, this is different for each person; there isn't an age at which we automatically become unsafe to drive.
Many drivers recognise that their driving ability is changing and so change when and where they drive (this is often called 'self-regulation'). There are also several simple things we can do to help us continue to drive, safely, for as long as possible, such as taking regular driving assessments and refresher training.
However, there comes a time when each of us need to reduce our driving, or even stop altogether. Taking advice from your doctor, or another health professional, and from family or friends can be very helpful.
This website will help you to:
- Recognise whether and how your driving is changing
- Decide what you can do to cope with these changes and find help, such as medical advice, driving assessments and training and vehicle adaptations
- Find a driving assessment or refresher training for your needs
- Understand your legal obligations, such as DVLA rules and procedures
- Plan for the need to change when and where you drive, and if it becomes necessary, to retire from driving.
Use the links above for further information and advice.