Refresh your driving skills

March 03 2017

PEOPLE aged 60 and over are being encouraged to attend a free roadshow event in Longwell Green to refresh their driving skills and help older drivers safely remain on the road.

PEOPLE aged 60 and over are being encouraged to attend a free roadshow event in Longwell Green to refresh their driving skills and help older drivers safely remain on the road. 

The Route 60+ roadshow looks at modern changes to vehicles and how people's driving skills and habits may have changed, with advice on how to update those skills.

Organiser South Gloucestershire Council says the event will be relaxed and friendly with useful information to help improve people’s knowledge and confidence, as well as offering valuable health advice. 

There will be a number of information stands on offer, a driving simulator to test reaction times, and free eye tests, along with a presentation covering subjects such as driving licences, changes in the highway code, safer driving at night, and effects of medication. Representatives from public health, the fire service and the local neighbourhood policing team will be present, and anyone who attends will receive a free copy of the latest edition of The Highway Code. 

The event will be held on Thursday March 9 at Longwell Green Community Centre from 1.30-4pm. 

South Gloucestershire Council’s planning, transport and strategic environment lead member, Cllr Colin Hunt, said: “Some people become concerned when they are approaching the age of 70 and need to renew their driving licence. We want to help people keep hold of their licences longer by addressing any concerns and improving their driving knowledge and confidence.

“The event includes an interactive presentation, a chance to test your skills on the driving simulator, have your eyesight checked, and talk to our partner agencies.”

The council's road safety team will be working alongside NADIA (North Avon Driving Instruction Association) at the event to offer one hour driving refresher sessions with an approved local driving instructor. This will take place in the driver’s own vehicle, at a convenient time and place, and costs £10 (usually £25 but South Gloucestershire Council will contribute the other £15). 

The event is funded by the council’s road safety education team. The presentation will be delivered by road safety staff from South Gloucestershire Council and Somerset County Council.

If the taster event proves successful, there will be further events in the district later this year.