Successfully teaching to drive in Bath & surrounding areas for over 45 years
RoSPA wants motorists to be able to drive sfaely for as long as possible so it is launching a new older drivers website, www.olderdrivers.org.uk, to offer help and advice.
Older drivers tend to be safer and more considerate on the road due to their years of experience behind the wheel but health and fitness often begins to decline with age. Eyesight, physical condition and reaction times may not be as good as they once were. Age-related conditions may develop and necessary medications may affect driving.
With the aging population more families want to know how they can stay safe and what to do when they have concerns about either their own or a relative's driving.
The new website is designed to be a one-stop advice to help readers:
. Recognise if and how their driving is changing.
. Decide how to cope with these changes and find help, such as medical advice, driving assessments and training and vehicle adaptions.
. Understand legal obligations, such as DVLA rules and procedures.
. Plan for the need to change when and where they drive and, if it becomes necessarym, to retire from driving.
It is important to regularly monitor how physical and medical conditions affect driving and take advice from a doctor, pharmacist or other medica; professional.
VOPING WITH CHANGES
Many older drivers recognise that their driving ability is changing and so adapt when and where they drive to compensate.
This could include:
Avoiding certain driving situations, times and types of roads that you find more difficult or stressful. Typically, this might mean not driving:
. at night
. during the rush hours
. through large, busy junctions or roundabouts.
. on certain types of road, for example, motorways.
Allowing more time for journeys so you can drive a little more slowly and not be rushed at junctions.
Reducing the amount of driving you do by using buses, taxis and trains more often.
Taking regular driving assessments and refresher training to help you to continue to drive, safely, for as long as possible.
Learn from your mistakes and near misses. Think about situations you found difficult and what you could do differently to make it less likely they will happen again.
TIME TO RETIRE FROM DRIVING?
The older drivers website has a self assessment checklist which may help you to decide whether it is time to think about taking an in-vehicle driving assessment, changing when and where you drive, adapting and changing your car, consulting your doctor or even retiring from driving.
Signs to look out for include:
. You feel less confident, and worry more, about driving than you used to
. You get lost on roads that you know well
. Your reactions are noticeably slower than they used to be
. You find it difficult to judge speed and distance
. You have had a number of near misses lately
. Your passengers are concerned about your driving
. You have a medical condition that might afftect your driving
. Your eyesight is getting worse
Giving up driving does not mean you lose your independence and are confined to your house. The website has a range of alternative transport suggestions.