Barb Kukulies and Marie-Ann Martin at the senior drivers’ presentation.
Barb Kukulies and Marie-Ann Martin at the senior drivers’ presentation. Tom Huntley

Seniors refresh motoring skills

GLADSTONE seniors weren't too sure what they were getting themselves into at yesterday's driving presentation.

But many were pleasantly surprised, including Barb Kukulies.

"It brought us up-to-date," she said.

"One thing I learnt is that you can cross a single line when you're turning into a property."

Just last week, a tragic incident involving an older driver in Brisbane triggered various bodies to ask the question: "What age is the right time to stop driving?"

Senior driver Marie-Ann Martin said all people were different.

"The aging process is an individual thing as well," she said.

"Some people are unsafe long before they reach the 75-year mark."

Ms Kukulies and Ms Martin said it was important for older drivers to know their capabilities.

"I wouldn't drive in Brisbane now because I'm not familiar on the roads," Ms Martin said.

"The older people I know still driving are capable.

"Anyone that's not, has not been very accepting of what their doctor has advised."

Ms Kukulies said it was not just older drivers who needed the refresher.

"Younger drivers are a lot more aggressive and impatient these days," she said.

"Most older people are sensible about their future and respectful of others on the road."

 

EDUCATION

The program aims to assist older motorists to drive safely for longer by being aware of their own capabilities.

A 90-minute group discussion- based presentation covering age-related safety issues, awareness and application of road rules.

For more information about the Years Ahead presentation phone the RACQ Road Safety Education team on 3872 8925.



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