Seniors Road Safety sessions
Bass Coast recently hosted two successful Years Ahead Road Safety for Seniors sessions. These one-hour road safety awareness presentations are designed especially for older road users.
The sessions are provided by RACV and supported by funding provided by VicRoads through the Bass Coast Community Road Safety Committee, which includes representatives from Bass Coast Shire Council, VicRoads, Victoria Police, Bicycle Users Group and the local community.
The sessions were held at the Corinella and District Community Centre on Thursday, 26 April and at the Wonthaggi Senior Citizens Centre on Tuesday, 15 May.
Participants received information and advice on driving safely, with the aim of the sessions being to promote safer road user behaviors, continued mobility and quality of life for older people.
The sessions cover 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
Bass Coast Shire Council 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 delighted 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.’’
The Victorian Older Drivers' Handbook, produced by VicRoads, aims to help older drivers to continue driving safely and to alert them to changes that may make it unsafe to continue driving.
The information in the handbook helps people to understand the changes that may be occurring as part of ageing. Along with lifestyle factors, this information is important when considering future or current needs as an older driver, or when considering the needs of an older relative or friend.
The handbook can be ordered by calling VicRoads on (03) 8391 3255 or by visiting a VicRoads Customer Service Centre.