Hampshire Constabulary

Older Drivers Forum Event to be held in Winchester this month

Press release   •   May 16, 2019 12:56 BST

The Older Drivers Forum will be holding an event in Winchester on Tuesday 28 May to offer advice and address any concerns that motorists have.

There are currently just under 5.4 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 UK residents holding a driving licence are two males both aged 108. There are over 300 drivers over the age of 100 in the UK. Hampshire is shown as having the highest number of older drivers outside London.

Sgt Rob Heard – Chair of the Hampshire Older Driver Forum said: “The key message is about not becoming complacent about our driving. We know that many older drivers have a wealth of experience, confidence and tolerance. However as we get older our sight, hearing, reaction times and judgement of speed and distance may not be as sharp as it once was. We often pick up bad habits which become the norm without being aware of it.

“The Older Drivers Forum can help by giving advice on voluntary driving appraisals to suit your needs or build confidence.

“Our advice is don’t wait until you have a near miss, or worse, an accident to convince you to review your driving ability or to stop driving. Instead take preventative measures by planning ahead and seeking advice and support early.

“Attending this event is the ideal opportunity to come and discuss your driving needs and concerns with a variety of organisations who are dedicated to reducing casualties and providing the guidance and support older drivers may need.”

Organisations who will be attending the event include:

•Hampshire Police Road Safety
•Hampshire County Council driver skills 60+
•Wessex Driveability Mobility
•Neighbourhood watch
•Bobby Scheme home security
•Fire Safety - Safe and well
•Connect to Support – Hampshire link to adult services
•Specsavers Opticians
•Stroke Association
•Institute of Advance Motorists
•NHS proactive care team

The number of older drivers on the roads has been increasing steadily and this is expected to continue. By 2030 more than 90 per cent of men over 70 will be behind the wheel.

If you’re an older driver, or concerned for a friend or relative who is still driving, then the Older Drivers Forum may be able to help.

Please visit their website: www.olderdriversforum.com for more information.

For those who would like to attend the upcoming event, it will be held at the Badger Farm & Oliver’s Battery Residents’ Community Association, (Rear of Sainsburys Car Park) (SO22 4QB) between 9.30am and 3.30pm on Tuesday 28 May.

The event is free to attend and no appointment is required. People can pop in anytime during these hours, and the event is 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.