Refresher course helps over 60s drive safely for longer

Older drivers in Cheshire West urged to take up driving course

Drivers over 60 years of age in Cheshire West and Chester are being offered the opportunity to complete a free, two-hour refresher course to brush up on their driving skills.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Road Safety Team has joined forces with Merseyside Road Safety Partnership to offer the training.

The Driving Safer for Longer initiative has proved a great success in Merseyside since its launch in February 2016.

Now, the council’s Road Safety Team is offering a limited number of places for over 60s who live in the borough to enhance their practical driving skills.

The free, two-hour course is designed to provide helpful hints and tips to improve driving and observational skills and advises on how to cope with the unforeseen actions of other road users, whilst also addressing any concerns participants may have.

Requirements such as eyesight and insurance will be discussed with the driver before setting off on the drive.

The driving instructor will then look at how the driver deals with various traffic situations on familiar roads and make recommendations to help ensure safety.

The session will be arranged at a time and place convenient to participants, in their own vehicle.

The council is keen to emphasise that this is an informal driving session that is an enjoyable refresher, not a driving test, so there is no pass or fail.

Director of Place Operations, Maria Byrne said: “This free session will ensure that mature drivers are given additional skills to keep themselves independent for as long as possible.

“It is important that people continue to drive and feel confident and safe whilst doing so.”

Should you wish to take advantage of the limited places on offer please contact Kathy Hall on 0151 606 2143 or email freecourses@no-excuses.org.uk.

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

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