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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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Awareness week details released

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 to Saturday 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

Visit our Events page to see the venues

New IAM Course for Mature driver’s

The IAM release new course – Mature Driver’s Assessment :
A 60-minute driving assessment to give you – or a loved one – a trusted second opinion and the means to decide if it’s still safe to drive
The Mature Driver’s Assessment is designed to help you – or an older relative – with the difficult and sensitive decision of when and if to stop driving.
Perhaps you’re concerned that your reactions aren’t as fast as they used to be, or that your general driving ability has deteriorated over time. Or you may just need a little extra reassurance after a break from driving or prior to reapplying for your licence at age 70

Visit our IAM page for more information