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Travel for Life - Driving

Sometimes alternative forms of transport just aren't possible. In this instance using a car may be your only option. If you need to use your car there are still a few different methods to make getting round easier, safer and make the roads less congested.
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Car share
Car sharing is a great way to save money on fuel and parking costs. It's also a great way to make new friends and has a positive impact on the environment. To find out more information please visit: www.sharedwheels.co.uk
Park and Ride
Car drivers can save money, avoid traffic jams and help save the environment by using a local park and ride scheme. Find your local park and ride service by searching online.
Drive Safely for Longer Course
"Let us help you make sure that you're still confident in your own driving skills and take a look at some points you can improve on. We will tailor the course to your needs to help you enhance your practical skills and continue driving safely for as long as possible." Carol Melhuish, lead driving instructor for Drive Safely for Longer
For full information on the Drive Safely for Longer course or to apply click here.

Before you drive anywhere think:
You Your Car
Do I feel Well?
Do I feel alert?
Am I taking medication that may affect my driving?
Can I see clearly?
When did I last have my eyes tested?
Have I planned my journey?
Have I given myself ample time to complete my journey?
Could I walk, cycle or use public transport instead?
Do I have sufficient fuel for my journey?
When was the last time I checked my oil?
Is there sufficient water/coolant/screen wash/antifreeze in winter?
Is there any damage to my car that may affect its performance?
Do all the lights work?
Are the tyres ok?
Are the wiper blades working?

Driver Safety
Did you know that over the age of 70 you are at an increased risk of being involved in an accident and drivers over 70, especially over 80 are more likely to be at fault when they crash ( typically - misjudging speeds and distances and failing to see hazards).
As we age it is normal for our driving abilities to change.
If you are a driver please remember the following:
  • Take regular breaks on long journeys.
  • Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, remember - "only a fool breaks the 2 second rule" (make sure you leave longer gaps in wet and icy conditions).
  • Be observant - watch the road information and direction signs.
  • Eyesight- in order to legally drive your eyesight must be of a standard that you can read a registration plate from 20.5m(67feet).
  • Driving under the influence of drugs, including some over the counter and prescribed drugs is illegal andhightly dangerous.
  • As a driver your must notify the DVSA if you develop a medical condition or an existing condition worsens.
  • All drivers are legally obliged to renew their licence when they reach 70 and every 3 years after that.
  • Think - is there an alternate form of transport you could us: walk, cycle, catch the bus?
  • Have you considered car sharing with your friends?
  • Listen to the concerns of others - if relatives/friends talk to you about your driving it may be time to look at your driving ability.
Benefits of not driving
  • Save money on the cost of car ownership.
  • Improve your health with increased walking/cycling.
  • Expand your social circle through car sharing with your neighbours/friends
  • Appreciate the change of pace - stopping driving means slowing down which can have a positive effect on your mental health and nervous system.