A free e-learning module has been made available to help older drivers in Buckinghamshire stay safe on the road for longer.
The module has been produced by Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB), in partnership with New View Consultants, as part of an ongoing initiative to promote older driver safety.
The module covers:
- Fitness to drive – recognising how changes to eyesight and age related conditions may affect your driving
- Ability – recognise if and how your driving is changing
- Medication – the law relating to drugs and medication
- Improving your skills – developing your hazard perception skills
- Vehicle – choosing a car and knowing what vehicle adaptations are available
- Licencing – information about licencing and DVLA rules and procedure
- Driving assessments – which can restore confidence and offer reassurance to families of older drivers
TfB says driving is an important part of life for many older residents, especially those living in rural areas.
Mark Shaw, deputy leader and cabinet transport member, said: “Experienced drivers are generally safer than those with less experience, but as we age, our health can begin to decline, including our eyesight and reaction times.
“There’s no need to worry, though – there are a number of ways that drivers can help themselves to continue driving safely.
“A good place to start is by completing the online e-learning module. The module contains lots of useful information from choosing a car, adaptations to help with mobility through to hazard perception training.”
In addition to the e-module, TfB also offers mature driver assessments, designed to help restore confidence, support drivers and offer reassurance.