Safer Driving With Age (SAGE) is a programme designed to enhance the safety of older drivers by giving them support and guidance and allow them to continue driving for as long as it is safe to do so.
The programme addresses any concerns you may have about being behind the wheel and helps to enhance your confidence and enjoyment of driving.
We all pick up some bad driving habits over the years, which we may not be aware of. In addition, road networks alter over time; there may be more congestion, new traffic systems, road signs and markings that were not around when we first learnt to drive. These can all make driving more stressful and less enjoyable.
A SAGE session can help you to:
- return to driving after an illness or operation
- return to driving after a collision
- re-gain your confidence and enjoyment in driving
- iron out any bad driving habits you may have acquired over the years
- achieve up-to-date, safe, systematic, fuel efficient driving
SAGE will also reassure friends and family if they are concerned about your driving.
A SAGE assessment includes a short driving session of approximately 40 minutes and a discussion and debrief after your drive with the instructor who will make any suggestions that would help improve your driving. The total session time is 1– 1½ hours on roads you normally use, in your local area, driving your own vehicle. You can use the instructor’s car but this may incur and extra charge.
Sage courses are being run as part of various council road safety schemes, contact your local council for details.