Our chair will be attending and presenting at the Older Road User Conference on Wednesday 19th September at the Royal Automobile Club in London. To find out more about this conference then click here
The inaugural Older Road User conference is being jointly organised by Road Safety GB, New View Consultants and the RAC Foundation.
The conference will set out to achieve the following goals:
- To identify safety issues relating to older road users
- To showcase current interventions and initiatives
- To identify gaps in current provision
- To outline challenges and actions for road safety professionals, government and other stakeholders
Who should attend?
The conference content is primarily intended for road safety and public health practitioners, police and fire and rescue officers, academics, central government employees and highways engineers.
The delegate fee will include all refreshments on the day, including an excellent lunch.
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.
Our Chair, Rob Heard, has over the last few days been doing many interviews on the subject.
Here at the Older Drivers Forum we have for many years identified an ageing population and have been supporting older drivers to continue driving for as long as they are safe to do so. We recommend that all drivers don’t become complacent about their abilities but consider undertaking voluntary driving assessments to brush up their skills and reduce the risk of any bad habits which we all pick up over the years. We have found that by undertaking voluntary driving appraisals and regular eyesight tests you reduce your risk of being involved in a collision and assist in allowing you to continue driving safely.
You can find out about what courses appraisal we recommend by visiting our Courses page by clicking here. The below video is from BBC Radio Solent and features John McEvoy who is 81 year old and recently undertook a ‘Drivers Skills 60+’ assessment with Hampshire County Council.