Monday 26th to Friday 30th September 2016 is National Older Drivers Awareness Week during which Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) will be promoting the benefits of driving assessments to motorists and their families across Buckinghamshire.
County Councillor Mark Shaw, Cabinet Member for Transportation, supports this initiative which helps older people retain independence while staying safe: ‘The aim of the assessment is to support drivers, look for any changes in their driving, and to help them keep driving safely for longer. If you’re an older driver, this week is an opportunity to consider if a driving assessment could benefit you.
We want people to know that there is help available should they need it, now or in the future.’
Older driver assessments, which last one hour and costs £37, are carried out on local roads in the driver’s own car and are designed around their specific driving needs.
TfB has carried out over 400 mature driver assessments since April 2012, the majority of which are entered into voluntarily by drivers who wish to ensure they are still driving safely. GP surgeries and Health Specialists refer jsut over 25% of the participants and many drivers return for regular reassessment.
Of those taking assessments (since 2012) 61% are men with the youngest aged 51 and the oldest 96. 37% of participants are in the 70’s while 45% are in their 80’s.
Further information on the Mature Driver assessment scheme or to book a place on a session (either for yourself, family member, or friend) can be found on the Buckinghamshire County Council website at www.buckscc.gov.uk/beabetterdriver or by calling 01296 382416.