The RSGB Academy is encouraging more driving instructors to sign up for its Ageing Driver Course, which is currently free of charge, before places run out.
In addition, organisations that are running older driver schemes are encouraged to make their driving instructors aware of this training.
The Ageing Driver Course is ideal for any Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) who wishes to learn more about how to support an older. The course has DVSA recognised status, as well as being recommended by the Older Driver Task Force.
It develops an ADI’s understanding of:
- Common collisions experienced by older drivers
- How the ageing process may impact on:
- Hazard perceptions skills
- Strength and flexibility
- The need to promote self-assessment skills
- The role of diabetes
- How to prepare for driving retirement
- Professional boundaries
Thanks to funding from The Road Safety Trust, the Academy is able to offer 300 ADIs the opportunity to take the course free-of-charge.
Since November, more than 200 bookings have been made, meaning places are starting to become limited.
The five-hour course is delivered online, in two sessions.
The next course takes place on 12 February (part 1) and 19 February (part 2); with another on 13 February (part 1) and 20 February (part 2).
Four further dates are also confirmed for February/March.
Booking is available via the RSGB Academy website on a first-come-first served basis*.
Road Safety GB will also facilitate access to ADIs for local authorities and national older driver scheme providers by implementing a web-based ‘Learning Hub’. This will provide contact details of certified ADIs who have attended the training course, split by region.
Established in 2013, the RSGB Academy is the professional development arm of Road Safety GB. The Academy helps road safety practitioners enhance their skills in order to deliver effective, evidence-led road safety interventions.
*Please note that once booked ADIs must give 48hrs notice if unable to attend. Non-attendance prevents others benefiting from the funded training and an administration fee could be incurred.