Message from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Neighbourhood Watch (HINWA) secretary:
The Older Drivers Forum are working with Hampshire and Thames Valley Police and its partners to run a series of two FREE webinars to help and advice older drivers and interested family and friends on carrying on driving safely for longer.
We know that older motorists have a wealth of experience, confidence and tolerance. However, sight, hearing, reaction time and judgement of speed and distance may not be as sharp as it once was. The Older Drivers Forum is about keeping mature motorists on the road safely for longer. Whether that’s helping giving practical and informative help and support to continue driving or pointing people in the right direction for an assessment to identify their driving needs – from wing mirror adapters to an elevated driving seat – the Forum’s here to help and signpost you to the people to help. The Forum is a not-for-profit organisation made up of experts in road safety – from representatives from the emergency services, to charities, local authorities and businesses specialising in keeping older people on the road.
The chair and founder of the Older Drivers Forum Rob Heard said “In these difficult times we wanted to be able to still communicate with the mature motorists and help them, especially when getting back to driving after the lockdown, so they can carry on driving safely for longer. We can all become complacent about our driving and often pick up bad habits, which if not addressed can increase our risk of an incident on the roads. These two webinars will help give advice on a number of subjects from Confidence building appraisals to Safe driving tips like dealing with roundabouts and night driving. This is the second time we have run webinars, the last were in November 2020, which were very popular, and feedback was excellent. These webinars were recorded and are still available to view on our website. One person who attended the webinar in November said about the webinar that ‘Extremely useful and informative. This is definitely one of the better webinars I’ve attended over the past few months, both in presentation and content.’
The webinars are FREE and have expert speakers as well as participants being able to ask questions. People will need to register their place for each webinar and this can be done by visiting https://olderdriversforum.com/webinars/ . We have increased the number of places available this time, so should be able to accommodate anyone who wishes to register.
The two webinars are: