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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New video – Fitness to Drive Assessment
We have worked with GEM Motoring Assist to create a new video at one of the National Driving Mobility centres to show you what it is like to undertake a ‘Fitness to Drive’ assessment. As you will see it is not as scary as you would think. To find out more about our local Driving Mobility centre, Wessex DriveAbility, then click here
To see more about the video click here
Older Drivers Task Force
Hampshire Constabulary’s groundbreaking drive supporting older motorists to stay safe on our roads has today (JULY 4) reached the House of Commons.
Our chair of the Forum, Sergeant Rob Heard joined other members of the Forum and leading experts from across the country in London to recommend an action plan that will help make older drivers safer for longer.
Sgt Heard has been working on the National Task Force and chairs one of the three working groups on Self help and support
With an ageing population, the Older Drivers Task Force believes it vital to take steps to give older drivers the support and confidence they need to ensure they retain their independence, while dismantling the stigma wrongly attached to elderly motorists.
To find out more click here
AGEAS, one of the leading insurers for Older Drivers are looking at ways in which they can reduce their customers premiums and reward safe driving. Would you be able to answer a few questions on some of the ideas they have as it’s really important to them to get customers input?
Click Here to go to the short survey
New National Older Drivers Website
Following the success of our local web site, we identified the need for a national web site. We have therefore worked with RoSPA to create a new national web site to help all across the country. Why not explore this new web site at www.olderdrivers.org.uk
Don’t worry we will still exist and will continue to offer local advice and support to Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Older Drivers Forum Highly Commended in Prince Michael of Kent 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.
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
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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