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Presentation for older drivers.--HTML Version

Road safety

  • The mature road user.


We all want to maintain our ability to go where we want,when we want,especially as we grow older and enjoy more leisure time.

Do you have control of your vehicle?

Loss of strength,coordination and flexibility can make it hard to control your vehicle.

  • Do you have trouble looking over your shoulder to change lanes?.
  • Moving your foot from the accelerator to thebrake pedal?.
  • Turning the steering wheel.?
  • Walking less than a mile a day?


If you said "yes" to any of these questions you should...

  • Make sure you always wear your glasses and that the prescription is current.
  • Keep your windshield,mirrors and headlights clean.
  • Make sure that your headlights are working and aimed correctly.
  • Sit high enough in your seat so you can see the road for at least 10 feet in front of your vehicle.
  • If you are 60 or older see an eye doctor every year.


Do you have trouble

  • Reading signs easily ?
  • Recognising someone you know from across the street?
  • Seeing street markings,other cars,and people walking - especially at dawn,dusk or at night.?
  • Handling headlight glare at night.?

Keep alert

  • Keep your speed down if conditions reduce visibilty.
  • Avoid excessive speed.
  • Frequently look in your rear vision mirrors and scan the verges of the road while your driving.

Always be alert

how close will a car or other road users have to be before you see them.


  • Most drivers believe that their own driving skills are superior  to those of the average driver.
  • Receiving any type of traffic infringement proves that there is room for improvement.

Do not tailgate

  • Allow at least a two second gap between you and the car in front of you.

Preventative maintenance - regular checks on

  • Lights
  • Brakes
  • Tyres
  • Mirrors
  • Wipper blades.

Seat belts

Seat belts give you around a 50% better chance of surviving a crash without being killed or seriously injured than not wearing one atall when involved in a crash.

What can you do?

  • Avoid the risk factors associated with road creashes:
  • Wear seatbelts and make sure  your passengers do also.
  • Dont drink and drive
  • Keep to the speed limit
  • Think of other road users
  • Take a refresher course in driving.

Stick to the speed limit

  • What difference 5km/h make.
  • In the EU reducing the average speed by 3km/h would save an estimated 5000/6000 lives each yearand would avoid 120,000 to 140,000 crashes.

Travelling safely in the dark

  • When it is dark outside,it makes you harder to see as a pedestrian.
  • Although cars and other vehicles have headlamps,they will not be able to see you as clearly.

Crossing safely

Always find a safe place to cross the road - its best to find a pedestrian crossing,or to cross at traffic lights,and dont ever try to cross where your view of the road is particularly blocked,for example by a bus.

  • Safe cross code:Find a safe place,stop,look and listen before you cross.
  • Wear light,bright or flouresent clothes when the weather makes it difficult to see,and wear something made with reflective material in the dark,such as armbands,sashes,waistcoats and jackets - reflective materials will reflect the light back when car headlights shine on you making you highly visible to other road users.

Travelling safely in the dark

  • What can you do to make yourself  more visible to other road users.

You can:

  • Wear bright colours.
  • Wear reflective items and accessories such as slap bands.
  • Always find a safe place to cross the road.

If you are cycling in the dark.

  • Wear a protective helmet and pads.
  • Make sure your bike has working lights and reflectors.
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing that drivers can see.

Find a safe place to cross.

  • Countdown timer
  • A protected crossing
  • At traffic lights.

When crossing the road.

  • See and be seen,check the driver has seen you.
  • Check for vehicles and asses their speed is time to cross.
  • Remember! choose the safest time possible for your trip.
  • Plan your trip.Cut down the number of times you have to cross the road.Avoid peek traffic.


  • Surveys about driving attitudes show that some older drivers lack confidence and feel nervous on busy roads or junctions.
  • Consider taking a refresher course with a driving school to build up your confidence and update your driving skills and road knowledge.