Drivers gain confidence from Age Concern’s free driving courses

Free courses for mature drivers

by Mike Isle

The Selwyn District Council and Age Concern are offering the district’s mature drivers free refresher courses on driving.

The courses and there are four of them coming up in May, are designed to give drivers 60 years and above the opportunity to hone up their driving skills and refresh their knowledge of road rules and to go over new changes.

Age Concern’s Yvonne Palmer said that even confident drivers were not always aware of new rules and a surprisingly high number of drivers admitted to having forgotten many rules.

“There is also the advent of relatively new road conditions such as cycleways and the rules surrounding those,” she said.

Palmer said a popular part of the course was the talk by a senior police sergeant who speaks for an hour at each course outlining road rules and stressing the need to drive to conditions.

One thing that many drivers found surprising, Palmer said, was that many drivers didn’t realise how long it takes to bring a vehicle to a stop.

“That’s particularly important to be aware of in winter when slippery conditions sometimes made driving hazardous,” she said.

One course, in Lincoln, has already been held. There are four others: Leeston Bowling Club on May 1, Dunsandel Community Centre on May 16, Springston Hall on May 23 and Darfield recreation Centre on May 30. There may also be a further course in Lincoln later in the year. Each course can accommodate up to 25 participants and goes from 9am to 3pm.

Morning tea and a light lunch is provided and includes a workbook which, along with a certificate of attendance, is kept by participants at the end of the course.

For more information and to book a course contact Age Concern on 03 366 0903. The courses are fully funded by the Selwyn District Council.