Drive safely and for longer with Route 60+

A free course to help older drivers prolong their driving career while staying safe is being held as part of a special event near Bridgwater next week.

Route 60+ is run by Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team and covers both how vehicles have changed over the years and also how driving skills and habits have evolved.

This extended event has been organised in partnership with Bridgwater Bay Health Federation and will see more than 20 agencies offering health and wellbeing advice at Junction 24 from 10am to 1pm on Thursday 10 November.

Those confirmed to attend so far include Avon and Somerset Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Zing Somerset, AAA Screening, Somerset You Can Do, Healthy Eating/Drink Awareness/Loneliness – EQMC, 1610, Dementia Trainer, Falls – Age UK, Compass Carers, Village Agents, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Wiltshire Farm Foods, Edward Farrant Optician and Somerset Prostate Support Association.

Expert members of the Somerset Road Safety team will give a presentation and will then be available to help drivers update their skills and discuss any concerns they may have.

Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Road Safety, said: “Driving provides independence and is a valuable skill that should be nurtured for as long as possible.

“Our Route 60+ events are designed to help our older citizens drive safely and for longer. They’re always well received and this special event will feature a range of other really helpful services and is completely free, so well worth a visit.”

Participants will receive a free information pack. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day. For more information about this or other Route 60+ events, please visit www.somersetroadsafety.org or phone 01823 423430.