Authorities in Essex have launched a new older driver course designed to increase confidence behind the wheel.
Devised by the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP), the ‘Driving with Confidence’ course offers bespoke one to one coaching sessions.
Taken in the driver’s own vehicle, the practical course is designed to equip older drivers with the knowledge and skills to reduce their likelihood of being involved in a collision as they continue driving.
For a limited time, SERP is providing this course free of charge.
SERP says that while older drivers have more experience, they also have a higher collision rate than drivers under the age of 70 years.
Sally Plail, SERP driver improvement manager, said: “Personal circumstances within your family may have changed and you may find yourself having to drive more frequently.
“Let us help you regain your confidence in these situations as you may just want the reassurance that your driving is as good as it was a few years ago.
“The course is an opportunity for you to update your knowledge, improve your awareness of hazards and driving skills.
“This could be all it takes to give reassurance, increase confidence and ultimately help you to keep driving for longer.”
SERP comprises Essex County Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Thurrock Council, Essex Police, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Highways England and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust, East of England Ambulance Trust and The Safer Roads Foundation.