CALL TO PRIORITISE OLDER DRIVERS
by Content Team |
posted 18 December 2021
GEM Motoring Assist says new measures are needed urgently to help keep older drivers safe on their journeys. The call follows a warning that car driver deaths in the 70 to 79 age group are expected to rise by 40 per cent over the next 20 years.
GEM is also keen to remind older motorists of the need to reflect on their own driving, to understand where they may be experiencing difficulty, and to know where to get practical advice.
Speaking up for older drivers has long been central to GEM’s long-term road safety commitment. The organisation’s ‘Still Safe to Drive’ resource (stillsafetodrive.org.uk) offers a line-up of informative videos, presented by Valerie Singleton OBE.
GEM’s safety tips for senior drivers
Get fit and stay fit. If possible, do some exercise for 15 to 20 minutes each day.
Get a regular eye test. This allows early detection of possible problems.
Make sure the car you drive best suits your current needs.
Adapt your driving to avoid journeys that cause you stress or discomfort.
Reflect on your driving, learn from your mistakes and near misses. Don’t pretend they’re not happening.
Plan your journeys to avoid using the roads at really busy times and build in plenty of breaks on longer journeys.