A report from the RAC Foundation has suggested that more support should be given to older drivers so that they can decide for themselves when they should stop driving. The findings compiled by the Transport Research Laboratory firmly point towards giving older people the power to make the decision for themselves.
Just as stairlifts can give people independence in the home, cars give people independence when it comes to travelling around the community and beyond. The RAC Foundation research has found that many older people give up their driving licenses too soon as they are not given the support they need to be able to decide when it is no longer wise to drive.
A handy scheme launched by Norfolk County Council is offering a helping hand to older drivers who may have got into bad habits over the course of their years on the road.
Commonly known as GOLD, the Guidance for OLder Drivers programme was first established a few years ago, but has only just been re-launched in the last couple of weeks, and has already received dozens of enquiries from over-55s who are interested in brushing up on their skills.
Discussing the initiative, council instructor Terry Plummer said that GOLD was not just about improving safety, but also rates of economy and comfort amongst the county’s more experienced motorists.