'Good Egg' launches older persons' guide to road safety
The Good Egg series has introduced a new guide designed to help keep older drivers and pedestrians up-to-date with the latest information and advice on reducing injury.
The ‘Older Persons Guide to Road Safety’ covers a range of topics from safer driving and car maintenance to pedestrian safety, health and getting around on public transport. It is the result of more than eight months of research and development in collaboration with road safety organisations. While it has been written primarily for older people it is also designed to appeal to their family and carers.
Alan Kennedy, chair of Road Safety GB, said: "The Older Persons Guide to Road Safety is an excellent publication, providing sound advice and information.
“This booklet will go a very long way to help our ageing population to use roads safely, as pedestrians, drivers, and passengers. It will also help road safety professionals to break down some of the traditional barriers when trying to reach the most 'experienced' road users."
Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the IAM, added: "This guide is an excellent resource for those who may not have thought about their driving for many years. I hope it will alert older drivers to those locations where the risk is higher but also act as a catalyst for an informed discussion with their families about when and how to finally hang up those car keys."
Liz Brooker, road safety officer at Lewisham Council, concluded: “I am delighted to have a professional resource that can be used with older road users in a way that is not condescending or childish, but offers sound practical advice about travel choices.
“As the guide comprehensively covers all modes of transport, I can use it safe in the knowledge that I am giving them the facts they need to make their own choice on when it is time to stop driving."
Click here for more information about the Older Persons Guide to Road Safety or call 0131 668 1880.