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New assessment to help older drivers

2014-06-26 08:04

GET A SECOND OPINION: The institute of Advanced Motorists in England is launching a 'mature drivers’ assessment for older drivers. Image: Shutterstock

LONDON, England - The Institute of Advanced Motorists in England is launching a 'mature driver’s assessment' – a way for senior drivers to gain a trusted second opinion on their driving.

It's available for drivers older than 70 and consists of a one-hour driving assessment with an IAM-approved assessor and costs the equivalent of R630.

The assessment is not a formal test; participants will drive their own vehicle on routes with which they are familiar. The IAM reports that participants will be given feedback and a confidential written report.

'EXCELLENT OR COMPETENT'

A certificate will be given to those judged "excellent" or "competent".

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “This assessment will help to keep older people driving for as long as it is safe to do so. It’s worth remembering that many older people actually give up too early, simply because they lack confidence.

"It also gives elderly drivers and their families the information they need so that they can choose the right time to give up driving.”

An IAM survey in March 2014 showed that 42% of participants were concerned about an elderly relative driving yet were unlikely to do anything about it.

Click here to find out more about the assessment,
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