Road safety professionals from across Hampshire and the IOW have come together to create an Older Driver Forum, with the aim of keeping mature motorists safely on the road for longer.
A partnership comprising representatives from Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, AIM, Age Concern Hampshire and Wessex Driveability has created the Forum as a ‘one-stop shop’ to offer advice and information to older drivers, their friends and family.
The advice on offer ranges from budgeting to maintain a car on a pension, to pointing older drivers in the right direction for an assessment to identify their driving needs, advice on wing mirror adapters to an elevated driving seat, and raising awareness among friends and family about warning signs for medical conditions that affect driving.
The Forum is running an Older Driver Awareness Week (23-28 Sept) at locations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, supported by the BBC presenter Bruce Parker. Events during the week will cover eyesight, renewing licences, driving appraisals to update skills, medical conditions and support for managing without a car. Experts from the Forum will be on hand to answer questions, offer advice and information.
For more information contact Charlotte Tilling, senior RSO with Hampshire County Council, on 01962 832204.