Valerie Singleton OBE to host senior drivers webinar

Posted on September 8th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist

Valerie Singleton OBE

Registration is now open for GEM Motoring Assist’s forthcoming ‘Still Safe to Drive’ webinar, hosted by Valerie Singleton OBE. The event takes place on Monday 14 September at 2pm, and helps to kick off this year’s Project EDWARD (Every Day Without A Road Death) activity.


The focus of Project EDWARD for 2020 is work-related road safety, so the webinar will take a close look at protecting seniors who may still be driving to work and/or at work.


Research shows that older drivers are more likely than their younger counterparts to adopt safe behaviours such as wearing a seatbelt and complying with speed limits. However, those age 55 and older have twice the risk of dying in a work-related crash than younger workers1.


Valerie Singleton has a long and successful relationship with GEM. As well as presenting the organisation’s ‘Still Safe to Drive’ web resource for senior drivers and their families, she remains a regular contributor to GEM’s quarterly membership magazine, Good Motoring.


As an experienced and responsible senior driver herself, Val has also completed two GEM driver assessments in recent years.


Val will be joined in the webinar by Dr Charles Musselwhite, associate professor in gerontology at the University of Swansea and by 79-year-old Margaret Filley, an enthusiastic driver who is now facing the prospect of surrendering her licence because of deteriorating eyesight.


On the webinar agenda will be:

  • Challenges facing older drivers who are still at work
  • When’s the right age to stop driving?
  • Finding viable alternatives to the car
  • The key role of family members
  • Regime change? Licensing? Compulsory testing? Eye tests?


GEM welcomes any senior drivers, their relatives and others with an interest in the subject to join the webinar. Places are limited, but registration is free.


GEM chief executive Neil Worth said: “We are excited to be supporting this webinar for Project EDWARD, which is an initiative we have backed since its formation in 2016.


“Today two thirds of people aged 70 and over still hold a driving licence, compared with less than 40 per cent in the mid 1990s.


“We want to encourage senior drivers to stay mobile, while also ensuring they remain physically and mentally comfortable with the driving task.


“Self-reflection starts with an acceptance that we’re all more vulnerable on the road than we think we are,” concludes Neil Worth. “It includes a willingness to recognise the situations that may lead to increased risk, especially when we’re on work journeys, and to ask where, when and why these risks occur.


“I am sure this webinar will create the opportunity for some worthwhile debate.”


Register now for the webinar:


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