The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has launched a website aimed at helping older drivers to stay safe on the roads.
The site has been set up by the safety charity, with funding from the Department for Transport, to provide advice and information for older drivers in a bid to help them to drive safely for longer.
The website gives tips on how people can update their driving skills and knowledge to maintain their freedom and independence on the road, as well as advice for families or friends who are concerned about a loved one’s driving. Topics covered include recognising whether and how their driving is changing, how to find local driving assessment or refresher training and understanding the law about health conditions and driving and how to renew their driving licence
RoSPA says the site has been launched because despite older drivers tending to be more experienced, health and fitness often begins to decline as we grow older.
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the charity said: “Many older drivers recognise that their driving ability is changing and alter when and where they drive to compensate – but not all drivers do this. There comes a time when each of us needs to reduce our driving, or even stop altogether. Of course, this is different for each person; there isn’t an age at which we automatically become unsafe to drive.
“The aim of the website is to help older people to continue to drive for as long as they are safe to do so, and to provide advice on making the decision to retire from driving if they are no longer able to drive safely.”
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