Gwynedd Council’s Road Safety unit launch a scheme for Mature Drivers

As it’s National Road Safety Week, Gwynedd Council’s road safety team have launched a scheme for ‘Mature Drivers’ at Bangor Library.

As part of the campaign, the Road Safety unit will be promoting training which is available free of charge to mature drivers 65+. The scheme is supported by the Welsh Government.

Paula Owen, Gwynedd Council’s Road Safety Officer, said:

“The free driving assessment is open to all drivers aged 65 years and over and gives individuals the opportunity to have a qualified driving instructor go out with them in their own car for a short drive, on a familiar route, to offer tips and advice on staying safe and well behind the wheel which will help them to retain the independence that a car gives them whilst also ensuring they continue to drive safely.
As part of the launch at Bangor Library, there was also an opportunity to ask about the changes in the law and what it takes to be a safe driver.

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Cabinet Member for Road Safety, added:

“It seems that recent research shows that driving performance does reduce with increasing age, however the decline is not always apparent. By promoting such schemes as this, it ensures a practical opportunity to mature drivers to improve their skills and gain confidence on the road.

Gwynedd Council road safety officers will be at Fron Goch Garden Centre on Wednesday 25 November between 10am and 2pm to promote the enterprise and there will be an opportunity for those that are interested to speak to them.

Contact us today to arrange an assessment either by ??01286 679 901, or post the tear off portion of this leaflet or  by e-mail.

PICTURE: Robert Eifion Davies from Bethesda who has taken advantage of the opportunity to have a free driving asessment. Also pictured are Councillor Dafydd Meurig Cabinet Member on behalf of Transportation along with Paula Owen Gwynedd Council's road safety officer.