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Elderly driving courses 'help them continue safely'

Drivers aged over 60 across Somerset are being encouraged to attend a free workshop.

The county council-backed courses are designed to help elderly drivers remain safe on the roads.

The next session take place in Yeovil later this month.

A council spokesperson said: "Elderly drivers have hit the headlines recently for all the wrong reasons, especially as statistically speaking they are one of the safest driver age groups. 

"Older drivers have a wealth of experience that can prove invaluable when assessing potentially hazardous situations on the road. 

"However, when drivers reach their 70s, 80s and 90s the likelihood of making mistakes can increase.

"The county council's road safety team have been running free Route 60+ workshops across the county for a number of years; providing life-saving information and advice to senior drivers. 

"The programme is designed to help drivers continue their driving career for as long as safely possible – not end it.

"The Road Safety Team will be hosting a free multi-agency Route 60+ event alongside other partner agencies including Public Health and the NHS at the Community Church in Yeovil on February 28 from 10am until 1pm."

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