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
The Older Mobility website has now gone live. Older Mobility brings together research and evidence to help address the needs for an ageing population. In recent years the emphasis in research and among practitioners has often focussed on interventions for drivers as they age. 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
PRESS RELEASE 28.05.20
ANNOUNCEMENT OF POLICE CRIME COMMISSIONER’S FUNDING OF THE OLDER DRIVERS FORUM FOR GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Martin Surl, Police Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire said today;
“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.”
The Older Drivers Forum is a not-for-profit organisation that consists of road safety experts and volunteers, who create awareness and provide practical advice on how to keep older drivers driving safely, for longer. But when it comes time to retire from driving, how to plan alternative transport to maintain independence and a fulfilling life.
Support and advice, including COVID specific safety bulletins, can be found at;
Rob Heard, founder and chair of the Older Drivers Forum said:
“This is great news and we thank PCC Martin Surl for his support. This is particularly good timing as older drivers are particularly vulnerable as they take to the roads again after months of not driving. The Gloucestershire campaign includes a poster campaign, print collateral, upgrading of social media activities and – when safe to do so – presentations and exhibitions.”
In Gloucestershire, the Older Drivers Forum is also supported by the charitable trust fund of Rotary in Nailsworth, and MPs Alex Chalk (Cheltenham) and Siobhan Baillie (Stroud).
For further information contact:
Older Drivers Forum Gloucestershire
07785 360 414
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, Gloucestershire Older Drivers Forum 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. They also include advice if an older driver decides this is an appropriate time to retire from driving.Click here or visit Gloucestershire page under the ‘Area’ tab on the web site. The advice regarding the car battery is very useful.