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Safer Driving for over 65's

Totnes Rotary, Devon County Council and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue are offering a FREE ‘Driving Safer for Longer’ workshop for over the over 65’s.

The agencies share a mutual goal to reduce the number of accidents and deaths on our roads. Each year approximately 1000 collisions in Devon involve drivers over the age of 65.

For many older people in Totnes, a driving licence is an important symbol of independence. Cars make it easier to go shopping, get to appointments, keep in touch with friends and attend social events - without having to rely on others. While some older drivers may be able to continue driving well into their 80s and 90s it’s important for them to regularly assess their driving and adjust if necessary. Driving is one of the most risky activities we are likely to do in our lives, and yet once we pass our driving test many of us have no further training. Driving techniques have and do change over the years, however; it is important to stress that older age should not be linked with bad driving, although it may impair driving ability.

The workshop is informal, interactive, fun and very informative. Topics covered can include

health, eyesight, Highway Code, medical conditions, advice on aids to driving, speed and hazard awareness, and the challenges facing drivers today

The workshop will be held on Monday 20th January at 7pm at the Royal Seven Stars Hotel, Totnes. Anyone over 65 with a driving licence is welcome to attend. The session will last about 1 and half hours . Places are limited and need to be booked by calling 01803 863753