Central Otago’s senior drivers are being better equipped to drive into their golden years.
Good to Go Road Safety Education, in partnership with the Central Otago District Council, is holding their first workshop for drivers aged 65 years and over in Alexandra next Tuesday.
This was the first time the workshop had been delivered in the region, having previously been presented in Wanaka and Queenstown.
The aim of the Senior Drivers Workshop was to provide an opportunity for senior drivers to refamiliarise themselves with traffic rules and safe driving practices, as well as gain an understanding of the medical requirements for licences as they aged.
A mix of resources developed by Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Authority as well as guest presenters from VTNZ, police and the health sector would be delivered in a fun classroom-style environment, Good to Go Road Safety Education owner Lily Graham said.
“Our vision is to have our guest speakers provide information relevant to their role in the community,” she said.
“With this, attendees will be able to get expert specific advice with the opportunity to ask questions for further clarification and understanding.”
Senior drivers faced a set of particular risks that were different from the risks faced by younger drivers.
“There are a lot of risks [for senior drivers] and where there is higher representation in the stats, is not so much the number of accidents, but the difference with seniors is what happens to them following an accident,” Ms Graham said.
Senior drivers were hospitalised more often and for longer than their younger counterparts in the event of an accident, she said.
The workshop would help senior drivers to feel more confident in their driving as they aged.
The Senior Drivers Workshop is being held on June 29 at the Alexandra District Club from 10am to 2.30pm.
Registration is free and morning tea and lunch is provided.
To register contact Lily Graham firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 27380-4657.