Older Driver Awareness
Mature drivers have a wealth of driving experience; yet, most people find their driving changes as they get older.
Many things can make driving more difficult as you age. Eyesight changes can make it harder to see road signs and other road users. Stiffness, pain or weakness can make it challenging to look around you or use the controls. Older people tend to have slower reactions and fail to predict hazards as quickly as they use to. This can cause difficulty with junctions, merging traffic and right turns. Some may also find it difficult to concentrate and process information as quickly as needed for driving.
Our roads are also now much busier and there are new road layouts that can be confusing. Motorists must consider if they are still safe.
If you are worried that any aspect of your health may be impacting your driving please make an appointment to discuss this with your usual GP. There are four things you can do to carry on driving safely for longer:
- Make sure you have regular eyesight tests with an optician
- Make sure the medicines you take are safe to take while driving.
- There are certain medical conditions which by law you must inform the DVLA about. Especially, if your medical condition has got worse since you got your licence.
- Undertake a voluntary appraisal of your driving to brush up on your skills and carry on driving safely.
Hampshire Older Drivers Forum are running an awareness week in September. The Older Drivers Forum is about keeping mature motorists on the road safely.
They will be at the New Milton Community Centre on Monday 30th September at 9.45am -3 pm.
They give advice on:
• Brushing up your driving skills
• Booking a driving assessment
• Arranging a regular eyesight test
• Getting advice on health and well being issues that could affect your driving ability
• Renewing your licence at 70
• Learn more about road safety and the consequences of not being fit to drive
• Discover alternatives to driving and staying independent without a car
More information is on their website: https://olderdriversforum.com/
If you are worried that you may not be fit to drive please make an appointment to discuss this with your usual GP.
You must tell DVLA if you have a driving licence and you develop a ‘notifiable’ medical condition or a condition or disability has got worse since you got your licence.