Drivers 60+ Programme - Why should I attend?

As we get older, driving conditions change. There are a number of this you can do to improve your safety and that of your passengers.

Physical and mental changes

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

If you're over 75, your licence is valid for only two to five years, you may need a medical certificate from your doctor, and 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.


🚨Tip: Safety features to check for

☑️ ABS

An Antilock Braking System (ABS) will stop the

car 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.

☑️ Seatbelts and head rests

Seatbelts 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 mature driver class

These classes are designed and presented in a friendly and interesting way.

  • Catch up with the latest road rules
  • Find out how to counteract the physical and mental changes
  • Get information about safer cars
  • Make safer driving choices
  • Information on latest innovations in vehicles
  • Morning tea and refreshments

For more information about this two-hour session, ring your local information centre in Waimate, Geraldine, Temuka, Twizel or Timaru.

Or ring:

Robyn Baldwin (Timaru Senior Citizens)

telephone 03 687-7581 or

Daniel Naudé (Road Safety Coordinator)

on 03 687-7235.

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