Older driver skills scheme
A confidential and enjoyable appraisal of driving skills for older motorists. It takes 90 minutes and is conducted in the drivers own car with specially trained Driving Standards Agency (DSA) Approved Driving Instructors (ADIs), who have a good understanding of the needs of older drivers.
In its Road Safety Strategy, the Government said:
‘Our aim is to find ways of helping older people to drive safely for as long as they are fit to do so, rather than taking measures to prevent them from driving at all’.
This is what the Government have said in their Road Safety Strategy, which reflects the aims of our older driver appraisal scheme.
What does the appraisal offer?
It is not a test, it is an informal, confidential appraisal which offers help and advice enabling that person to continue driving for longer – with improved safety. General ability is assessed but the appraisal can be adapted to investigate a particular concern. The appraisal also includes an eyesight check.
Following the practical drive, each driver is given a comprehensive debrief, where any concerns or remedial actions are discussed. A detailed report is also prepared and sent to the person's home.
We are governed by the Data Protection Act and do not pass details of the appraisal to any third party unless the person taking the appraisal specifically requests us to do so.
Who should attend?
People who have been driving for a number of years and who want to update their skills or gain confidence. Drivers recovering from illness or injury and those advised to attend on health grounds. Also, people returning to driving or those who are finding it difficult to adapt to a new vehicle.
How much does it cost?
The appraisal is subsidised and costs just £30 taking just 90 minutes.
Why should you have your driving appraised?
Older motorists have a wealth of experience, confidence and tolerance. However, sight, hearing, reaction time and judgement of speed and distance may not be as sharp as it once was. Fragility increases with age, so injuries tend to be more serious and recovery takes much longer. Casualty rates do increase for car drivers aged over about 65, and the fatality rate increases significantly.
How to book the appraisal
If you would like to book an appraisal, you can book online via the Hantsweb shop:
Hantsweb Shop - Road Safety
Or alternatively contact the road safety team for further information:
Telephone: 01962 846100.
Email road safety team