Merseyside road safety partnership supports safer driving scheme

Published on: Tuesday, 01-March-2016

Merseyside Road Safety Partnership, incorporating road safety teams from across Merseyside and Merseyside Police, are supporting a scheme which aims to help reduce the number of traffic incidents involving senior road users.

Members of the road safety team from St Helens Council, which is the lead authority on Merseyside for the Senior Road User Group, assisted with the launch of the ‘Drive Safely for Longer’ course at the beginning of February.

The two-hour course, delivered by approved driving instructors to help enhance drivers’ practical skills, gives drivers, aged 65 and over, the chance to brush up their observation skills, learn how to cope with the mistakes of other road users and address any concerns they have.

The awareness course is to be delivered across Merseyside by experienced approved driving instructors, who will discuss requirements such as eyesight and insurance with the drivers, before setting off on a drive in the driver’s own vehicle, providing advice and tips to enhance their driving skills along the way.

Drivers aged 65+ have been involved in 1088 collisions in the last three years and 1 in 7 collisions in Merseyside now involves a driver 65+.

Sergeant Paul Mountford from Merseyside Police’s Roads Policing Unit said: “We understand the importance of driving to people as they get older and the independence it gives them. We want them to continue to drive and feel safe and confident as they do so.

“For those drivers who may have passed their driving test many years ago, the Drive Safely for Longer course is an opportunity to brush up on their driving skills and help them drive with confidence.”
A spokesperson for the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership said: “We hope that the launch of this free driving course which, along with other similar events, will play an integral part in ensuring the safety of our senior road users, by helping them to stay safer in what is becoming a challenging driving environment.”

A number of themed events, aimed at this road user group, have also been organised by council road safety teams across Merseyside and will be held over the coming months. The free events will include a range of speakers as well as stalls providing free resources and advice.

The next available dates are Friday 18 March 10-2pm in Southport and Friday 29 April 10am-2pm in Hoylake, Wirral. The events must be booked through ‘Olympics for the +50s’ will also be held on Friday 22 April at Dunes Splashworld, Southport.