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Come along to Preston event for older drivers

A workshop is being held in Preston offering help and advice to people who want to keep driving safely into old age.

The event will feature talks from the emergency services and experts in road safety on topics including how to stay safe as a driver, passenger and pedestrian, fitness to drive, advice on prescribed medication, and the benefits of refreshing your driving skills by taking the practical Drive Safely for Longer course. Other local services will also have exhibitor stands.

The Travel for Life Workshop is being held from 10am to 2pm on Thursday 4 October 2018 at Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club, Lightfoot Green Lane, Fulwood, PR4 0AP.

The Travel for Life workshops are being held by Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council and the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “These workshops will offer interesting and practical advice about travelling safely as we get older.

“Figures show that people who are aged 65 and over are at higher risk of being killed or seriously injured on our roads, and account for nearly a third of all fatalities.

“We all want to stay independent for as long as possible as we get older, and the aim of these workshops is to provide some advice about staying safe as an older road user, and let people know more about the practical help which is available.

“People are living longer, and the proportion of over 65’s in our population is due to increase in the coming years. These workshops are part of our efforts to reduce the number and severity of road casualties in this age group.”

The workshops are free to residents of Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool, and refreshments and lunch will be provided.

You can register online at www.lancsroadsafety.co.uk/travelforlife, call 01772 537960, or email safertravelteam@lancashire.gov.uk.

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