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50's no limit
Monday 22nd February, 2010

The over 50s are going back to school – driving school.

Wigan Council’s road safety team is giving the borough’s more mature motorists another crack at staying safe with the return of a popular four-wheeled refresher course. And it’s totally free.

The sessions are aimed at those who passed their tests more than 30 years ago and perhaps feel the need for a bit of a brush-up or one-to-one advice on modern driving.

Officers have been delighted with the response to previous sessions, with many of the participants going on to take an informal hour’s driving assessment with our friends at the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

The council’s environment champion, Cllr David Molyneux, says: “We are addressing road safety across many groups – high visibility jackets for children, education for the next generation of drivers, and a chance to go on the driving simulator at our public exhibitions. But I know how popular the mature drivers’ sessions are, and want to thank those who have completed the course for doing their bit for road safety.”

The sessions, which must be booked in advance, are completely free. The first part is an informal meeting with road safety staff, a driving examiner from the Driving Standards Agency and the Institute of Advanced Motorists, and then there’s an opportunity for personal tuition tailored to individual driving needs.

The next course is at Leigh Library on the morning of 3 March.

Wigan Driving Standards Agency’s Paul Moore will give a talk from the Arrive Alive road safety presentations, designed to meet the needs of drivers over the age of 50.

Paul says: ”The roads have changed a lot since the 1960s and 70s, and this is an ideal opportunity to refresh your knowledge and driving skills.”

Attendees will receive a free drivers’ pack, Highway Code, high visibility waist coat and certificate.

The mature drivers’ course was devised by council road safety experts as part of the borough’s road safety forum. The sessions are increasingly being adopted by other local councils who want to reach this age group in their areas.

Further sessions around the borough have already been confirmed but would-be attendees are urged to sign up now to avoid disappointment. Call Sheila on 01942 488250 for details.

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