Keeping up to Date With Road Rules and Skills Important for all Ages

Published: 14-Mar-2017

Driving a vehicle is a complicated task which can be affected by many different things, such as age, physical condition and experience.

As we get older our ability to judge distance and speed, hear and see clearly and react quickly can be affected.

While we may have years of driving experience behind us, the roads have become busier and sometimes vehicles travel faster than what we are used to.

Road Safety Co-ordinator Kathy Graham says keeping up to date with road rules and skills on the road is important for all ages, and promoting opportunities to keep skills up to date is part of the Council’s current Road Safety Action Plan to keep all road users safe.

‘In conjunction with Age Concern we’re providing driving courses targeted at mature drivers’ Kathy says.  ‘The course runs from 9.30am to 2.30pm and covers  a number of topics including new road rules, identifying hazards, planning routes and much more.

Here’s what some former course attendees had to say:

  • ‘The course should be compulsory for all elderly drivers’
  • ‘It was well presented with good hand outs’
  • ‘I have learnt a lot to help me with my driving’
  • ‘Most helpful - well worth attending.’

We would encourage anyone in the community who wishes to increase confidence in their driving, learn new skills, or refresh old skills, to contact Age Concern and book into one of the courses that are coming up.’

The courses are being held:

9.30am – 2.45pm

  • Rangiora – MainPower Oval – Monday 20 March
  • Woodend – Woodend Community Centre – Tuesday 4 April
  • Oxford – Oxford Community Centre  - Tuesday 11April
  • Kaiapoi – Kaiapoi Community Centre – Wednesday 17 May

Contact Age Concern on 03 366 0903 to book. 

In the years 2011 – 2016 there were a total of 140 injury crashes in the Waimakariri District involving drivers who were aged 60 plus.

These crashes resulted in 8 deaths, 41 serious injuries and 155 minor injuries. 

One of the most common crash factors was ‘poor observation’ followed by ‘failing to give way/stop’.

Name: Kathy Graham

Phone: 0800 965 468