New campaign to help

older drivers

Valerie Singleton, GEM Motoring Assist older drivers campaign

TELEVISION presenter Valerie Singleton has joined forces with road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist to promote a campaign to help elderly drivers.

The former Blue Peter star has produced a video explaining what happens as people age and how they can stay safe on the road.

More than 100,000 people over the age of 90 in the UK still have driving licences and as part of the initiative GEM has launched a ‘Still Safe to Drive' website.

The online portal - - offers practical advice for everyone on staying safe at the wheel, and also assists family members and friends to find kind but effective ways of helping those senior drivers who may not realise - or will not admit - that they pose a greater risk to others.

It follows a recent study by researchers at Swansea University that showed older road users are no more dangerous than other drivers.

Neil Worth, GEM Motoring Assist road safety officer, said: "Age discrimination shapes how older persons are treated and perceived, nowhere more than on the road. There is a perception too widely held that older people are slow, dithery and downright dangerous, which is just not true.

"The study, prepared by researchers at Swansea University, showed that although reaction times may increase as people grow older, this is compensated by older drivers taking more care on road journeys."

In the video, Ms Singleton talks to doctors, ophthalmologists, psychologists and road safety experts who explain ways to help extend safe driving careers and what motorists should do as they get older.


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