Popular driving courses return

by Mike Isle

The Confident Driving Courses run by Age Concern as part of the Selwyn District Council’s Road Safety Programme will continue in 2018.

The courses are so popular, bookings are essential, said the council’s road safety coordinator, Ngaire Tinning.

“Confident Driving Courses, which are exclusively for drivers in their 60s and over, are a fun and easy way for residents to refresh their driving skills and road rule knowledge, and look at ways to plan how their driving can be safer on the road.

“As Selwyn is a rural area, driving is important for older people needing to access local services and connecting to family and friends.

“The courses have proven very popular and valuable to assist people to be able to continue to drive safely on our roads.”

She said the course covers road rules, planning car trips, using safe routes and what times to avoid peak traffic. 

The course is designed to be thought-provoking, informative, enjoyable and informal. “There are no tests or exams and participants each receive a certificate of attendance,” Mrs Tinning said.

Each course is free, lasting five hours on one day, using a workbook, and morning tea, lunch and refreshments are included.

The next course is in Darfield on Tuesday, 20 February.

Contact Yvonne or Deidre at Age Concern on (03) 366 0903 or Ngaire at the council (03) 347 2901 to reserve a place.