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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.

Why not explore the web site and see all the advice, videos, brochures, recommendations on driving assessments and much more we give to help you, or someone you know, carry on driving safely for longer.

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RECENT NEWS

Older Drivers Forum Highly Commended in Prince Michael of Knet Road Safety Awards

Our Chair and founder, Sgt Rob Heard, attended the Savoy Hotel in London on Tuesday 8th December at the International Road Safety awards ceremony. The Older Drivers Forum was highly commended for its contribution to improving Road Safety and awarded a Commendation Certificate by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent. To find out more click here.

Receiving Commendation

Receiving Commendation

Older Drivers Forum Featured on BBC One Show

The Older Drivers Forum featured on the BBC One Show on Wednesday 9th December when they popped into an event run in Fleet. Jennie Bond and John Sergeant both attended and went out on a driving appraisal to brush up their skills. To find out more click here

Sgt Rob Heard with Jennie Bond and John Sergeant

Sgt Rob Heard with Jennie Bond and John Sergeant

Older Drivers Awareness week 2015 great success

This week we have been running our Awareness week and already visited 6 venues engaging with over 800 older drivers, giving support and help to carry on driving safely for longer. Below is a video from our visit to West Quay in Southampton

New video from GEM Motoring Assist – ‘Driving in Comfort’

This video is designed to help older drivers and their passengers enjoy a more comfortable experience on journeys. The video looks at how the process of ageing can affect our ability to get in and out of the car, or drive around safely and in comfort. They talk about ergonomics in the car to help you find a comfortable driving position. To find out more click here

New article released giving ‘Tips for staying safe on the road for older people’

Handicare UK have recently published an article on the Age UK website giving useful tips from experts on staying safe on the road. To find out more click here

Change to Driving Licences in June 2015

On 8th June 2015 the current photo-card counterpart will end and you will only be required to hold your photo-card type licence. To find out more click here

National Award for Chair of Older Drivers Forum

It is with great pride that we announce that our Older Drivers Forum chair, Sgt Rob Heard, has after years of dedication to keeping the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight safe on our roads has been awarded the ACPO and Police Federation Outstanding Contribution to Roads Policing Award 2014. To read more on this click here

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Older Drivers Forum on BBC One Show

On Wednesday 9th December the BBC One Show will feature the Older Drivers Forum hosting an event in Fleet. The event was attended by Jennie Bond and John Sergeant who both went out on a Driving Appraisal to brush up their skills with the Hampshire County Council ‘Driver Skills 60+’ programme. Jennie and John really found the appraisal benefited them to become happier and safer drivers.

Graham Mylward from Hampshire County Council conducted Jennie’s and John’s appraisal and will be appearing on the One Show as well.

If you would like to undertake an appraisal, then visit our courses page to find the right one for your needs.

Sgt Rob Heard with Jennie Bond and John Sergeant

Sgt Rob Heard with Jennie Bond and John Sergeant

Graham Mylward with Jennie Bond and John Sergeant

Graham Mylward with Jennie Bond and John Sergeant

Older Drivers Forum gets Nationally recognised

Hampshire Older Drivers Forum Highly Commended in Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards

On Tuesday 8th December at the International Road Safety awards ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London, the Hampshire Older Drivers Forum was highly commended for its contribution to improving Road Safety and awarded a Commendation Certificate by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent.

Sgt Rob Heard, Hampshire Constabulary, the founder and chair of the Older Drivers Forum, accepted the certificate on behalf of the Forum from Prince Michael of Kent, together with Simon Gomer, the Safer Roads Manager for Hampshire Constabulary

Receiving Commendation

Receiving Commendation

Sgt Rob Heard says ‘I am extremely proud that the great work of the forum has been recognised internationally. We need to embrace and celebrate the older generation and support those who wish to continue driving with practical, informative advice on how to drive safely for longer, but also give advice when it is time to retire from driving. 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.’

_ROB7942‘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 that practical and informative help 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’ve a number of stakeholders that all have a vital role in contributing towards helping the mature person stay safer on the roads. Special thanks needs to go to Hampshire County Council who run an appraisal for drivers called ‘Driver skills 60+’ and also special thanks to Wessex DriveAbility, a local Driving Mobility Centre, who carry out adaption and ‘Fitness to Drive’ assessments for drivers and passengers who need specialist support for often medical conditions.’

Hampshire’s Older Drivers Forum has been recognised nationally with a lot of it’s ideas and work rolling out across the country. Sgt Rob Heard is now a member of the National Older Drivers Task Force where he is chair of a committee looking at Self help and support for Older Drivers. The Older Drivers Task Force is due to submit a report to the government by mid 2016 with it’s recommendations.

Receiving the Certificate

Awareness week going well

The Older Drivers Awareness week is going really well. We have so far visited Basingstoke, Milford on Sea, Southampton and Newport on the Isle of Wight. We have had over 530 Older Drivers pop in for advice and support. All have left with a goodie bag and lots of help and support to carry on driving safely for longer. We have two days left of this years awareness week. These last two events are at:

Friday 2nd October at Cascades shopping centre in Portsmouth
Saturday 3rd October at Aldershot Library in Aldershot

Why not pop in anytime between 9.30am and 3pm and get free advice and support. No booking required.

Here is a video from Solent TV about our visit to West Quay shopping centre in Southampton this year

Driving in Comfort

GEM motoring assist have created an excellent new video about ‘Driving in Comfort’.

This video is designed to help older drivers and their passengers enjoy a more comfortable experience on journeys. The video looks at how the process of ageing can affect our ability to get in and out of the car, or drive around safely and in comfort. They talk about ergonomics in the car to help you find a comfortable driving position. The video features Wessex DriveAbility, a local Driving Mobility Centre. You can read more about Wessex by visiting their page on this web site and explore support and voluntary assessments they offer to help and assist you driving safely for longer. Click here to visit this page

Tips for staying safe on the road for Older people

Handicare UK have recently published a news article on ‘Tips for staying safe on the road for older people’ on the Age UK web site. While older motorists have a wealth of experience, confidence and tolerance, their senses, reaction time and judgement of speed and distance may not be as sharp as it once was. Therefore, there may come a time when driving is no longer safe, which can be a frightening thought to those who rely on driving to maintain a full and independent life.
However, in order to help those hoping to remain behind the wheel for as long as possible, Handicare UK have spoken to a variety of driving safety experts, who have provided them with their most valuable advice. To see and read more on this click here
Tips for staying safe on the road

Older Drivers Awareness Week 2015

We are pleased to announce the Older Drivers Forum Awareness week dates and venues for 2015. The week runs from Monday 28th September 2015 to Saturday 3rd October 2015. We will be open to answer all your questions and help with any advice between 9.30am and 3pm. Just pop in any time, no appointment required and is completely Free. We look forward to meeting you. To find out more click here

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