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 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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The Best cars for Senior Drivers
A US website called Cars.Com have written an article about the best cars for Senior Drivers. Although written for the US, still relevant for the UK and some good ideas and safety tips as well. Worth a read. Click here to read the article. Just remember that if you change from a manual to an automatic we would always recommend undertaking taking some lessons with a driving instructor to get use to driving with an automatic. Unfortunately, we see far too many incidents of pedal confusion occurring when people suddenly change to an automatic and they revert to previous manual experience in a sudden decision making event.
Senior Sunday drivers on the racetrack
Senior Sunday drivers racing heritage stock cars show no signs of slowing down as they approach the finish line. One such driver is 68-year-old Alan Humphrey from Cornwall, who has just racked up his 50 event since the rebirth of his racing career, when he was 64. Alan who is now approaching his 70th birthday shows no sign of slowing down.
Read all about Alan and his friends exploits in this article by Cornwall Live by clicking here
Project Edward to host Webinar on Older Drivers
Project Edward which stands for ‘Every Day Without A Road Death’ are running a week of action between 14th and 18th September 2020. One part of the work will be webinars. On Monday 14th September they ran a webinar on Older Drivers. The host for the event was Valerie Singleton OBE working with GEM motoring assist and their programme called ‘Still Safe to Drive‘. If you missed this you can listen again to the webinar by clicking here
Gloucestershire Older Drivers Forum offer help to residents
Gloucestershire are working with the Neighbourhood Police teams to help raise awareness of support available from the Older Drivers Forum to mature drivers. To do this they have created a flyer / poster to deliver to addresses across Gloucestershire and put up on local notice boards
Driving for Better Business – Ready for the Road?
They have recently created two excellent videos for Drivers and Vehicles getting ready for the road, Click here to visit their website for more information
Government grant 7 month extension on photo card licences
Drivers with a photocard driving licence due to expire between 1 February and 31 August 2020 will be granted a 7 month extension from the date of expiry the DVLA has announced today (4 June 2020). This will help drivers to make necessary journeys without having to obtain a new photograph to renew their licence. Click here to read more about the extension.
PLEASE NOTE – At aged 70 the driver must still renew their entitlement to drive, then every 3 years if they wish to continue to hold a valid licence. This grant does not cover entitlement to drive, just extension to the 10 year period required for renewal of photo card driving licences. Visit our page on renewal of your driving licence and advice to assist by clicking here
Older Mobility website
In 2019, the Department for Transport awarded a grant to the leading road safety charity, RoadSafe, to develop a knowledge transfer programme to take forward the work on older drivers by widening its scope to address the risks to older road users, concentrating on the most vulnerable.
Combining a series of reports created specifically for the project and a library of research evidence OlderMobility.com is a valuable resource for those working in road safety, public health, transport planning, civic leadership and age-related charities.
Click here to visit the website
PCC funding for Gloucestershire Older Drivers Forum
Martin Surl, Police Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire said today (28/05/20); “I am pleased to announce ten thousand pounds support from the Police Crime Commissioner’s fund for the Older Drivers Forum for Gloucestershire. Their activities will be a valuable resource for two of my key Police and Crime plan priorities; ‘Safe and Social Driving’ and ‘Older but not Overlooked’. The Older Drivers Forum will save lives.”
Read more by clicking here
Lock-Down Safety Bulletins
During these difficult times then we have created four safety bulletins providing advice for older drivers during the lock-down period. They are in easy to read, print or download PDF’s.
Click here to see the bulletins listed, the advice regarding the car battery is very useful.
Gloucestershire Safety bulletins during lockdown
During this break from driving, older drivers’ driving capabilities could decline and their cars be inadequately maintained. This means older drivers would be at increased risk when they resume driving. To counter this, we have produced four safety bulletins to provide advice for older drivers and their families during the lock-down period. These cover car care, maintaining driving skills and, when eventually it is safe to do so, planning to get back on the road. We also include advice if an older driver decides this is an appropriate time to retire from driving. Click here to see the bulletins listed, the advice regarding the car battery is very useful.
Gloucestershire Older Drivers Forum Presentation
The Gloucestershire forum’s first public event takes place on Wednesday 4th December – targeting family members and friends of an older driver, who may have concerns about their ability behind the wheel. Older drivers themselves are also welcome to attend. Click here to find out more
Older Drivers Awareness week 2019
Why not pop along to one of our awareness events between 30th September and 10th October across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset and over the Thames Valley area. Click here to find an event near you.
Older Road User Conference 2018
Our chair will be attending and presenting at this conference on Wednesday 19th September. To find out more, click here
Kent launch new web site for advice to Senior Road Users
Kent Focus Group have recently launched a new web site to give help and support to Senior Road Users in Kent. Click here to read more
Click here to visit their web site
Independent Age release new brochure – ‘Behind the Wheel’
Click here to find out more
Number of drivers aged over 90 tops 100,000 for first time
The number of people aged over 90 holding a driving licence in Britain has topped 100,000 for the first time.
Figures from the DVLA also show more than 4.5 million of the 39 million people holding valid driving licences are aged over 70.
Hampshire is shown to have the second highest number of Older Drivers outside London. Click here to read more
Driver Skills 60+ scheme featured on BBC
Click here to see recent film done by the BBC around an older driver undertakings a Driver Skills 60+ appraisal
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
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
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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