On course for safer driving

THE over-55s are to be given help to improve their driving.

Durham County Council is offering a £10 course to older motorists who want to brush up on their skills.

Safer Driving with Age (SAGE) sessions are held throughout the year and will benefit most people who avoid driving at night or steer clear of unfamiliar places when traffic is likely to be at its busiest.

The course is also designed to give advice on navigating new traffic systems, the meaning of new road markings and tips on how to deal with the speed and acceleration of modern cars.

The council’s road safety team has organised the training to be delivered by advanced instructors, who will carry out an eyesight check before the driving assessment.

Appointments can be made at convenient times for people to take a 40-minute drive in their own car, on roads they use regularly.

During the journey the assessor will give advice on ways of making the ride safer.

Road safety section manager Alan Kennedy said the course is designed to help people keep on driving for as long as they are safe to do so.

For more information, call the road safety team on (0191) 3834728.