Safety for seniors

Vic Roads Vehicle Fitness and Investigation Officer Andrew Italia helps Outlook participant Joan Miller with her car.

By Kyra Gillespie

On Saturday 24 February more than 40 community members enjoyed a free Seniors Driving Expo at Outlook Community Centre in Pakenham.
Safe driving was the theme behind the educational event designed to help older drivers maintain a motoring presence on the road.
Participants got advice on updated road rules, a tyre safety presentation and the effect that medications and health can have on their driving.
They also had a free one-on-one driver assessment in their own cars as well as a free VicRoads roadworthy assessment of their cars.
Highway Patrol police officers also attended to answer questions
The half-day session was supported by Road Safe South East, Vic Roads, Victoria Police, Cardinia Shire Council and Outlook Community Centre.
A free barbecue lunch and morning tea was also provided.
Facilitator Nancye-Joy Gardner is excited to bring the Expo to Cardinia Shire and will be offering further events in the future.
“The program is a fantastic way for senior drivers to improve their performance on the road,” Ms Gardner said.
“The event is free and there are no driving tests involved.
“It’s not about teaching participants how to drive, but to iron out any bad habits and help them be a little bit safer on the road.”
Ms Gardner, who has been a driving instructor for almost 40 years, says everyone walks away from the event having learned something new.
“Even drivers who have been on the road for 50 years say they learn so much on the day.
“It’s a bit of fun and you get a free car check and driving lesson from qualitied professionals.
“The program is in place to keep senior drivers in the car, not take them off the road.”
Individuals, groups or clubs who are interested in participating in the free program are encouraged to contact Ms Gardner directly on 0419398695.

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