Wiltshire Council’s Safer Drive with Age scheme (SAGE), which supports older drivers to continue to use their car safely and with confidence, has been re-launched by the council.
SAGE offers people, particularly older drivers, with advice and training about how best to use their car safely. And it explores alternative forms of transport if the use of the car is no longer appropriate for the person taking the course.
A SAGE assessment includes a short driving session of approximately 40 minutes and a discussion and debrief after the drive with the instructor making any suggestions that would help improve the person’s driving.
The total session time is 1– 1½ hours on roads the drivers normally use, in their local area and driving their own vehicle, though there is the option to use the instructor’s car for an extra charge.
People can apply for the £35 assessment by completing an application form available on the council’s website or at their local doctors surgery.
John Thomson, the council’s cabinet member for highways, says: “For many people living in rural parts of Wiltshire the car is the only way to get to vital services such as shops and medical facilities, therefore we want to help keep people driving for as long as it is safe for them to do so.
“This scheme will help keep people driving safely for longer and raise awareness about alternative forms of transport where the car is no longer a viable option.”