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Council offers free Safe Senior Drivers Workshop

4 May, 2012Posted in: Community, Events, Roads and Assets
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Worried about the new older driver licensing requirements? Want to refresh your road rule knowledge? Considering transport options after you’ve handed in your licence? Answers to all these questions and more can be found at the Safe Senior Driver Workshop.

Wingecarribee Shire Council is offering a second free course on Wednesday 9 May to help residents drive as long as possible with safety to themselves and others.

“Growing older should never be taken as an automatic indicator of reduced driving ability, however there’s evidence that for many drivers the skills necessary for safe driving begin to decline at about 60 and decline quickly after about age 75,” Council’s Road Safety Officer Melanie Lausz said.

“Strategies employed by the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS, formerly the RTA) want to keep older drivers in the licensing system as long as they continue to drive safely and with this in mind we will explore the many aspects of ageing which affect driving ability.”

Due to an overwhelming response to the initial morning session, a second workshop has been announced for the afternoon.

WHEN: Wednesday 9 May 2012 from 2.00pm to 4.30pm
WHERE: Theatrette, Wingecarribee Shire Council, Elizabeth Street, Moss Vale
COST: FREE

The FREE Safe Senior Drivers Workshop includes:

  • a self assessment of driving ability
  • tips for dealing with problems identified through the assessment
  • discussions about overcoming or limiting the impact that ageing has on driving ability
  • information on medical, physical and driving tests
  • common types of crashes involving older drivers
  • driver licence options
  • special guests from the NRMA (Years Ahead driver program) NSW Police and a local optometrist

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL (places are limited): Call Melanie Lausz on 4868 0809.

For more information on older driver licensing please visit www.rta.nsw.gov.au or call the RTA Driver Hotline on 1300 663 628.