Safe & Sure – on the road

Driving is an important part of our everyday life, but did you know that our driving ability changes over time for different reasons, especially as we get older? It’s important that we recognise whether and how our driving is changing so we can stay safe and protect both ourselves and those around us.

This page is intended to help mature drivers to drive safely, providing tips and advice to keep you safe on the roads for longer.

How to renew your licence

If you’re 70 or over and want to keep on driving, you need to renew your driving licence. Renewing your licence is free and must be done every 3 years. You will automatically receive a D46P application form from the DVLA.

You can complete this form and return it to the DLVA. You can also pick one up from selected Post Offices. Alternatively, you can renew your licence online using the GOV.UK website.  You will be asked to register, and you will then be provided with step-by-step instructions on how to renew.

Please be aware – there are companies online offering to help you with your licence renewal and charging a fee for this service. You can renew your licence for free directly with the DVLA using the D46P form or using the link above.

 

Factors that can affect driving

Eyesight

Eyesight

Good eyesight is essential for safe driving. You must be able to read a car number plate from 20m (5 car lengths) away. Your eyesight can deteriorate over time and this can make it harder to see road signs and other road users, especially at night.

NHS eye tests are free after the age of 60. If in doubt, always speak to an optician. Ideally, you should get your eyes tested every year.

More eye health tips from the NHS.

Hearing

Hearing

It’s important that you can respond to horns, sirens, or noises from your own car. It helps to keep the interior of your car as quiet as possible whilst driving.

Hearing can deteriorate as you get older, and around 40% of people over 50 have some form of hearing loss. You should get your hearing checked at least every 3 years. You can discuss any concerns you have with your doctor.

Medical Conditions

Medical Conditions

Conditions such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes or arthritis can all affect your ability to drive. You must inform the DVLA of any medical condition that can affect your driving.

Before taking any medications, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Make sure you are aware of any side effects which may affect your ability to drive safely.

Here is a list of medical conditions that could affect your driving.

Mature Driver Review

Mature Driver Reviews are designed to provide mature drivers with the opportunity to refresh and improve their driving skills, regain lost confidence, and enjoy driving again.

The review will include an hour-long drive in your own car with a local expert on a familiar route around your local area. The expert will then provide you with tips and guidance to help keep you safe behind the wheel.

IAM RoadSmart is one of the providers that offer mature driver reviews and courses.

We are pleased to be able to currently offer 20 subsidised places on an IAM RoadSmart Mature Driver Review to support mature drivers across Staffordshire and Stoke. When purchasing the course, use the code STAFFS50 to get a £35 subsidy.

Please note that the discounted places are offered on a first-come/first-serve basis.  

Other courses can also be found online including:

DriveOn Magazine

DriveOn magazine is full of useful advice and tips to keep your driving on the roads safely for longer. From topics that include; getting the best deal on your insurance, to fitting child seats as well as an A-Z guide on modern technology, this magazine covers the topics that really matter to help make driving safer and more enjoyable.

You can read a digital copy of the magazine here.

To request a printed copy, please email info@staffssaferroads.co.uk with your name and address. Please note there are a limited number of printed copies available for delivery.