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Mature Drivers

There is an emerging trend in road casualties involving people aged 65 and over.

In response to an ever ageing population, resulting in an emerging trend for casualties aged 65 and over, the team developed a road safety seminar.

Road Safety Seminars for Mature Drivers

The seminar covered general road safety advice, including motorway driving, motorway breakdowns and pedestrian safety but also covered topics specific to this age group, such as decline in peripheral vision, reduced mobility and impairment through prescribed drugs.

To obtain more qualitative data, focus groups for road users aged 65+ were held in April 2017. Although there some additional issues as we age, many drivers in this age group recognise these changes and self regulate by avoiding certain driving situations, such as driving at night, during rush hour or on certain types of road.

The valuable insight gained from these focus groups and the findings from the seminars, will be used to develop future seminars. Whilst many older drivers continue to drive safety and confidently for many years, some older drivers gradually reduce the amount of driving they do and look at alternative means of transport.

Some drivers take a driving assessment to update their skills and give themselves more confidence. Details of the assessment, alongside lots of other useful information, can be found on the ROSPA older drivers’ website.

RoSPA Experienced Driver Assessments

RoSPA offer an Experienced Driver Assessment that many older drivers take to update their skills and improve their confidence on the roads. Details of this assessment, alongside lots of other useful information, can be found on the RoSPA Older Drivers website.

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Key statistics

Over half of all collisions involving a 65+ year old car driver involved failing to look properly.