Staying Safe Workshops - Why should I attend?

Driving conditions change rapidly. As we get older, these conditions may become challenging. There are a number of things you can do to improve your safety and that of your passengers.
We now offer workshops for people who are interested in:
* Updates on road rules only
* Road use with confidence
* Brief on current road crash trends
* Latest vehicle technologies

Physical and mental changes

Our eyesight deteriorates, and we may have hearing problems. We physically slow down and our attention span shortens.

Driving in traffic becomes more challenging

More traffic — more problems. Vehicle numbers have tripled over the last 20 years.

Driver's licence conditions become stricter

When you turn 75, you will need to renew your licence every FIVE years. From your 80th birthday, you will need to renew it every two years. You will need to get a medical certificate for a drivers licence from your doctor. You may have to take an on-road safety test.

Older people are more at risk of injury

There is a higher risk of injuries affecting us for the rest of our lives. Injuries will take longer to heal and some may not mend at all.

🚗Tip: Get a safer vehicle

Modern cars have many safety features. Look for these features when replacing your car. Safe driving is the first defense but a safe vehicle is your protection during a crash.

How Safe is your vehicle?

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Click to find out how safe your car is

🚨Tip: Safety features to check for

☑️ ABS

Anti lock Braking System (ABS) will stop the

vehicle without locking up the brakes.

☑️ Structural integrity and crumple zone

A car that has effective crumple zones absorbs the energy and increases protection for passengers.

☑️ Seat belts and head rests

Seat belts keep passengers protected inside the “protective shell" of the vehicle. Headrests minimize the effect of whiplash.

☑️ Airbags, side impact or curtain airbags

Airbags provide excellent protection, especially in combination with seat belts. Children under the age of 12 years should not travel in the front seat where the airbag may actually cause serious injury or death.

☑️ Electronic Stability Control

An excellent safety feature is electronic stability control (ESC), which is a computerised technology that improves the safety of a vehicle's stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction (skidding).

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Attend a free Staying Safe driver workshop

Usually held every second Thursday of the month (10am to 1pm) at Community House (Strathallan Street Timaru) - booking is essential for catering and space.

Evening sessions 7-9pm are now available (Summer only)

These 2-hour workshops are designed and presented in a friendly and interesting way. NO test involved

Workshop 1: Updates on road rules

  • Check your knowledge of the road rules and signs
  • Discuss issues that concern you
  • Free morning tea and refreshments

Workshop 2: Road use with confidence

  • We discuss strategies to manage physical and psychological changes
  • How to make safer driving choices

Workshop 3: Vehicle Technologies

  • Which car is safer in a crash
  • What technology is in your car and how to use it effectively/safely
  • Future vehicle technologies, self drive cars, etc.

Workshop 4: Road Crash Trends and Statistics

  • What are happening op our roads?
  • Main causes of crashes
  • Visiting drivers - are they mainly at fault?

For more information about these two-hour workshops, ring the numbers shown below. Workshops are held every month in Timaru. To attend a workshop in Waimate, Geraldine, Temuka, Fairlie, Tekapo, Twizel, please call.

Robyn Baldwin (Timaru Senior Citizens)

telephone 03 687-7581 or

Daniel Naudé (Road Safety Coordinator)

on 03 687-7235 or text 027-438-6285

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