Bass Coast,

Road safety for seniors

Years Ahead Road Safety for Seniors is a one-hour road safety awareness presentation designed especially for older road users.

The sessions are provided by RACV and supported by funding provided by Vic Roads through the Bass Coast Community Road Safety Committee.

The Community Road Safety Committee, which includes representatives from Bass Coast Shire Council, VicRoads, Victoria Police, Bicycle Users Group and the local community, is inviting senior road users to come along to one of the sessions being held.

Two sessions will be run on Wednesday, 26 April 2017; the first at 10.00am at the Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre at Mitchell House, 6 Murray Street, Wonthaggi, and another at 1.30pm at the Inverloch Community House, 16 A’Beckett Street, Inverloch.

On Tuesday, 2 May 2017, a session is also being held at 10.30am at the Phillip Island Senior Citizens Club, Watchorn Road, Cowes.

The sessions cover information and advice on driving safely and aim to promote safer road user behaviours, continued mobility and quality of life for older people.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said Australia’s population is ageing, which means there will be older drivers on our roads that may require support.

“Council, through the Bass Coast Community Road Safety Committee, is excited to be able to support these events within our Shire,” Cr Pamela Rothfield said.

“Specially trained RACV staff visit groups of older people, presenting road safety information to assist them to remain safe on the road.

“RACV believes that all drivers should continue to drive for as long as they are safe to do so and these sessions encourage drivers to have regular checkups and discuss their fitness to drive with their health professionals.’’

Local Police members will also be in attendance at these sessions to provide some local information and advice on driving in and around Bass Coast Shire.

The session covers information including:

  • Driving and road safety tips for drivers, passengers and pedestrians

  • The importance of choosing a safe vehicle

  • The importance of being fit to drive

  • The impact of health and medications on driving

  • How to assess your own driving ability

  • Information about alternative transport options

  • How to plan for future mobility