Thames Valley

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If you don’t have a medical condition which affects your driving then the forum recommend the following assessments:

Click here to see the list of notifiable medical conditions
https://www.gov.uk/health-conditions-and-driving

If you do have a medical condition that may affect your driving then see Driving Mobility centres assessment sat the bottom of the this page

Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire County Council operates a driving assessment scheme for Buckinghamshire’s residents called “Be a Better Driver”.

The assessments take place from the persons’ home using their own car, and is delivered by qualified, experienced assessors who have a good understanding of the needs of experienced drivers.

What does the appraisal offer?

The assessment drive looks at a person’s physical changes in a positive light and offers support and guidance to help older, more experienced drivers adapt their driving accordingly.

You and your assessor will complete a short questionnaire prior to the drive to ensure the assessment is tailored to meet your own driving needs. You will be given feedback after the assessment and receive a written report and certificate of completion by post.

How long does it take?

The assessment lasts around an hour.

How can I book an assessment?

Contact the Road Safety Team on 01296 382416 or email roadsafety@buckscc.gov.uk requesting an application form, or visit http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/beabetterdriver

West Berkshire

West Berkshire Council deliver ‘Flourish’ which is a one off interactive workshop, to pre-organised and selected group, age of group, from 55 years old upwards. Other professional partners are invited along to both give presentations and give out useful information to all attending.

‘Flourish is an initiative built to support more mature drivers in staying active and mobile in later life. Flourish is providing support by running events, producing advice and helping drivers to make their own considered decisions about when is the right time to reduce dependence on the car for the sake of staying safe’

For information please contact Trafficandroadsafety@westberks.gov.uk

Other confidence building appraisals across Thames Valley


The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)

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Click here for more information.

 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
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Offer an Experienced Driver Assessment. This is a one hour drive in your own car with a RoSPA Assessor

Click here for more information

 

If you do have a medical condition that may affect your driving then see Driving Mobility assessment at the bottom of the this page

Click here to see the list of notifiable medical conditions
https://www.gov.uk/health-conditions-and-driving

Driving Mobility Centres across Thames Valley

Mobility Centres have specially trained clinicians and specially trained professional driving instructors to assess how a person’s condition or disability affects their driving and what help, including car adaptations, will enable them to continue to drive safely. This includes a medical assessment and an in-car driving assessment in a dual controlled car.

Driving Mobility Centres within your area are: 

Wessex DriveAbility: 02380 554 100
Centres located at Southampton, Basingstoke and Isle of Wight

 HAD Mobility Centre: 01707 384 263
Centres located at Welwyn Garden City and Dunstable

QEF Mobility Service: 020 8770 1151
Centre located in Carshalton

RDAC: 0845 337 1540

At these Centres, specially qualified Occupational Therapists and Approved Driving Instructors offer Fitness to Drive assessments to those who wish to gain or retain independence through safe driving.

Fitness to Drive assessments last up to 2½ hours and include a pre-drive consultation and an on-road drive in a dual controlled vehicle. Assessment outcomes are detailed in a comprehensive report which is recognised by the DVLA and may assist in licence renewal, particularly when medical investigations are being carried out.

Click here for more information.