Awareness event – Southampton

Have an older driver in your life, then why not get them or yourself to pop down anytime between 9.30am and 3pm to Haskins Graden Centre in West End on Tuesday 3rd Ocrober 2017 and get advice on Driving Safely for Longer and much more. Its free to attend and lots of great support and advice. You can’t miss it. Find us near the restuarant areaODF landscape adverts 2017 Soton-page-001

Awareness event – Milford on Sea

Have an older driver in your life, then why not get them or yourself to pop down anytime between 9.30am and 3pm to Milford on Sea Community centre on Monday 2nd October 2017 and get advice on Driving Safely for Longer and much more. Its free to attend and lots of great support and advice. You can’t miss it.ODF landscape adverts 2017 Milford-page-001

Older Drivers Awareness week

Monday 2nd October to Friday 6th October 2017

There are currently just over 4.75 million people in the UK aged 70 and over driving on our roads and the expectation is that this will double if not treble in the next 20 years as we all live longer. The oldest person who holds a driving licence is a male aged 109 years. Hampshire is shown as having the highest number of older drivers outside London.

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, Dorset 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.

If you know an older driver, have contact with them regularly in your job or are perhaps just concerned for a friend or relative who is still driving then the Older Driver Forum may be able to help. Please visit their website www.olderdriversforum.com for more information.

Events
To find out about date and venues in Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Dorset then click here

The events are is free to attend and open, no appointment is required and people can pop in anytime during these hours. The events are aimed at anyone with an interest, from older drivers themselves, to friends and relatives.

Advice will be available on:

  • brushing up your skills
  • booking a driving assessment
  • arranging a regular eyesight test
  • getting advice on health and wellbeing issues that could affect driving ability
  • renewing your licence at 70
  • learning about road safety and consequences of not being fit to drive
  • discover alternatives to being independent without a car Safety is the top priority; it should be the most important thing older drivers consider when there is concern over driving ability. The best advice is don’t become complacent and wait for an accident or a near miss to convince a driver to stop, instead seek advice, support and help.

Research suggests that:

  • Drivers under 70 are no more likely to be the cause of a crash than other driver. But once over 70, they are more likely to be at fault, particularly where right-of-way violations are involved
  • Drivers over 85 are four times more likely to have caused a crash than to have been an innocent victim of one
  • Drivers over 65 take 22% longer to identify a hazard and react to it. At 70mph that is two car lengths
  • Drivers who do less than 2000 miles a year have an increase risk of collision
  • However, age-related decline in mental and physical abilities, coupled with age-related frailty, can make older drivers more likely to be involved in a crash – and more vulnerable to serious injuries

Lets help Older Drivers to carry on Driving Safely for Longer

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front-page-pictureWe 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.

NATIONAL WEB SITE
For advice, support and courses nationally then visit:
www.olderdrivers.org.uk

SITE OWNERSHIP
This site is run under Hampshire Constabulary as such follows the same Privacy requirements.

PRIVACY NOTICE
To find out more about how Hampshire Constabulary uses your personal data and how to exercise your data rights, see our privacy notice at https://www.hampshire.police.uk/hyg/privacy/ or request a copy by calling 101.

RECENT NEWS

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

Numbers of older drivers July 2017

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

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

Task ForceHampshire 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

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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.

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

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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