Firefighters in Chichester are helping older drivers stay safe on the roads by hosting a special advice and information day next month.
‘Drive Confident’ is aimed at drivers over 65 and is taking place between 10am and 3pm at Brick Kiln Garden Centre on Chichester Road on July 17.
The event, which is free to attend, is part of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service's ongoing campaign to reduce the number of people being killed or seriously injured on the county's roads.
In the last 5 years (January 1 2010 to December 31 2014) in the Chichester District, 542 people have been injured as a result of a collision involving an older driver, 12 of those fatally.
Firefighters will be joined on the day by a qualified AA driving instructor who will be offering a free two hour refresher driving lesson for those attending on the day.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Community Volunteers and the Interactive Information Bus will also be at the Garden Centre during the day offering information on staying safer on the road and at home.
Firefighter Darren Kilmister from Chichester Fire Station, who is organising the event, said:
“The ageing process brings changes particularly related to health and physical ability, which can affect a driver’s confidence.
"We appreciate how important driving is for many older people to retain their independence. The aim of the event is simply to assist older people to continue to enjoy their driving safely and with confidence.
“We’d like to encourage senior drivers to come along so they can refresh and update their driving skills and pick up some really useful safety tips and advice.”
Advice and information for older drivers can be found on the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership website www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk