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Older Drivers Forum Committee 1For an introduction in British Sign Language, please see below.

We know that older motorists have a wealth of experience, confidence and tolerance. However, sight, hearing, reaction time and judgement of speed and distance may not be as sharp as it once was.

Fragility increases with age, so injuries tend to be more serious and recovery takes much longer. Casualty rates do increase for car drivers aged over about 65, and the fatality rate increases significantly.

That’s where we come in. The Older Drivers Forum is about keeping mature motorists on the road safely for longer. Whether that’s helping giving you practical and informative help and support to continue driving or pointing you in the right direction for an assessment to identify your driving needs – from wing mirror adapters to an elevated driving seat – we’re here to help.

We’re a not-for-profit organisation made up of experts in road safety from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – from representatives from the emergency services, to charities, local authorities and businesses specialising in keeping older people on the road.

We do not perform any legal function and do not have the authority to remove driving licences. We are merely here to assist you, or the older person in your life, with staying mobile for as long as possible.

We’ll be constantly adding advice and news for older drivers to our page so please keep coming back for all the latest updates.

In the meantime, got a question? Post a comment below or contact us here.

Thank you.

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BBC 1 Show – So you think you can drive?

sytycd newOutline Productions, are a TV Production company making a new prime time programme for BBC One. It’s apparently a great show which explores bad driving habits and could help towards improved road safety. They are casting for people who have bad driving habits and offering unique and expert training to become model motorists. They are looking for people to nominate their friends, family or colleagues, in fact anyone they know – if you’re worried every time they get behind the wheel!

To apply

Age limit: Applicants must be 18 years of age and over.

Phone: 020 7424 7676
Standard geographic charges from landlines and mobiles will apply.

Please leave your contact details if phoning.

Email: drive@outlineproductions.co.uk

Please include your contact details and a little about yourself and the nominated driver if emailing.

Write:
So You think You Can Drive
Outline Productions Ltd
Unit 315 Highgate Studios
53 – 79 Highgate Road
Kentish Town
London
NW5 1TL

Closing date: 11 April 2014

Older Drivers Awareness week plans for 2014……..

Following the great success of our Older Drivers Awareness week in 2013 the Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Older Drivers Forum have planned another week in 2014. See our events page for pictures from the 2013 event.

The event will run from Monday 29th September toSaturday 4th October 2014 and will be open between 9.30am to 3pm. We will be at a different venue every day. These dates have been chosen to incorporate the Older People’s Day on 1st October 2014

In 2014 we are looking at the following venue locations:

  • Winchester – Discovery Centre booked for Friday 3rd October
  • Lyndhurst – Community Centre booked for Tuesday 30th September
  • Southampton – West Quay shopping centre booked for Wednesday 1st October
  • Portsmouth – Perhaps Central shopping centre
  • IOW – Perhaps using Riverside Centre in Newport
  • A venue in the Farnborough, Fleet or Rushmoor area

Each day’s aim is to help you stay on the road safely for longer.

We will  give advice on:

  • Brushing up your 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
  • And much more

Watch out for more information and we hope to have all the venues confirmed by the end of March 2014.

Older Driver Forum and Patricia Colquhoun