Older drivers are being given online advice on how to keep safe as their motoring changes over the years.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ (RoSPA) new website aims to help this group adapt to age-related alterations in their motoring.
The charity’s Department for Transport-funded site offers older motorists tips and data to maximise their years on the road.
It even offers advice for their concerned friends and relatives.
The site aims to identify if their motoring behaviours are changing and how to deal with such changes. They can, for example, limit where and when they drive, perhaps avoiding busy city centres at rush hour. They can also undertake driver training or assessments to see if they are still fit to drive. They can also adapt their vehicle.
It also looks a where to find refresher tuition or motoring assessment in their area, how to go about renewing their licence if they are 70 or over, understanding the laws relevant to health conditions, and how to recognise when to reduce their driving hours and eventually prepare for hanging up their car keys.
RoSPA aims for longer driving lives
Kevin Clinton, road safety head for RoSPA, says older people generally make the safest and most thoughtful drivers. This is due to the years of experience they have gained.
But their fitness and health deteriorates as they get older and not all motorists appreciate this or compensate accordingly, he says.
Mr Clinton says eventually people have to give up motoring or at least reduce the amount they do. There is no set age for this and no common age at which it becomes dangerous to drive.
But he says the website can assist older motorists to go on driving for as long as they safely can. It can also ask them the questions they need to answer on when the time is right to get out of the driving seat for good.
Eyesight is a risk as time goes by
Eyesight is one safety risk that creeps up on people as they get older, Mr Clinton says.
Other considerations can be slower reaction times, a worsening physical condition, age-related considerations and medications which impact on motoring.
Date Published: February 17, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown