Safe driving for seniors encouraged with Mature Drivers course and new seniors driving website
March 10, 2014
The Saskatchewan Safety Council, CAA Saskatchewan and SGI are joining together to help seniors stay safe behind the wheel. CAA has launched a new multimedia web tool, seniorsdriving.caa.ca, which helps seniors and their loved ones assess driving skills, learn more about changing abilities, and, if needed, modify driving habits. The Saskatchewan Safety Council also offers the 55 Alive Mature Drivers course, sponsored by SGI and CAA Saskatchewan.
Awareness of age-related changes that affect our driving is an important step in keeping ourselves and our families safe on the road. Seniorsdriving.caa.ca contains assessment tools to pinpoint areas of improvement, interactive infographics that show common physical changes that affect driving, and videos with tips and reminders for managing challenging driving conditions. Half of seniors have already taken at least one step to adjust their driving habits, such as reducing or eliminating driving at night, but CAA Saskatchewan research shows there is need for more information regarding age related changes that affect driving.
The Saskatchewan Safety Council offers the 55 Alive Mature Drivers course free of charge to seniors with the help of SGI and CAA. The six hour course covers self-evaluation of current driving knowledge and habits, the aging process and how it affects driving, compensating for vision and hearing problems, adapting to hazardous road and weather conditions, understanding your vehicle, and safe driving when using medication. There is no examination for those who take the course, and their license is not affected.
CAA research shows that nearly half (47 percent) of Canadians are concerned about the safety of an aging family member on the road. The Saskatchewan Safety Council, CAA Saskatchewan and SGI all believe that seniorsdriving.caa.ca and the 55 Alive Mature Drivers course are both important tools to help keep our aging family members and friends safe on the road.
About the Saskatchewan Safety Council
Formed in 1955, the Saskatchewan Safety Council is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries and fatalities in the province of Saskatchewan. Through our safety programs, courses and campaigns we work to educate individuals and businesses about the importance of safety while making it significant to their own lives.
About CAA Saskatchewan
CAA Saskatchewan serves more than 185,000 members, offering benefits and services through its non-profit motor club, and through its travel and insurance agencies, and auto maintenance and repair facilities. CAA also advocates for motorists and travellers, supporting traffic safety programs and addressing related public policy issues.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of over 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.
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