Refresher course for old drivers

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Places are available on a free course which helps older drivers to keep driving safely for longer.

The popular scheme allows drivers aged 65 and over, who may have passed their test many years ago, to boost their confidence and become safer drivers by going for a short trip with a road safety adviser alongside them.

The course, now in its fourth year, has been developed in Lancashire following studies which show there has been a considerable reduction in road injuries among people aged under-65 in recent years, but this has not been matched by a corresponding reduction in older casualties.

Carol Melhuish, Lancashire County Council transportation officer, said: “Our Drive Safely for Longer course has received great feedback from the 2,100 people who have completed it over the past three years.

“We meet people at their home, which people find convenient, to go for a drive in their local area and offer positive tips and friendly advice which has a positive impact on the way they drive.”

The scheme has won the national Transport Award 2013 for Excellence in Road Safety Traffic Management and Enforcement.

Call 01772 456412 or email olderdrivers@lancashire.gov.uk to find out more or book your place.