Drivers over the age of 60 in Cheshire West and Chester are being offered the opportunity to complete refresher courses to brush up on their driving skills.
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Road Safety Team has joined forces with Frodsham Town Council to offer a ‘Drive Safely for Longer’ seminar taking place on Friday 5th April from 10am to 2.30pm.
The course is designed to give reassurance, helping drivers aged 60 or over to continue to drive confidently.
The course will help them improve their driving skills and provide advice on changes in road traffic law, road layouts and traffic signs.
CWAC’s Road Safety Team will also be promoting ‘Drive Safely for Longer’ driving assessments which mature drivers who reside in Cheshire West and Chester can access free of charge once they have attended the seminar.
These are two-hour sessions out on the road with an approved driving instructor, helping them brush up on their skills and learn some techniques for safer driving.
Requirements such as eyesight and insurance will be discussed with the driver before setting off on a drive, and advice and tips are provided to enhance their driving skills along the way.
The driving instructor will look at the how the driver deals with various traffic situations on familiar roads and make recommendations to help ensure continual safety.
The session can be arranged at a time and place convenient for participants who prefer to use their own vehicle.
The council stresses that this an informal and confidential session which simply aims to enhance current skills – it is not a driving test, so there is no pass or fail.
Cllr Karen Shore commented: “These free sessions 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.”
The Drive Safely for Longer seminar will be held at Frodsham Golf Club, Simons Lane, Frodsham, WA6 6HE (10am, Friday 5th April 2019).
There will be a range of speakers, including an officer from Cheshire police an expert in driver training, Road Safety officer and there will be lots of information and advice provided.
A light lunch will be provided. Places are limited, so booking is essential.
To book, or for more information, please email [email protected] or call 01244 976 713.