Drive for Life

Experienced motorists aged 65+ can brush up their driving skills on a free one day refresher course.

The Drive for Life course, run by Pembrokeshire County Council takes place once a month at Haverfordwest Fire Station and aims to provide experienced drivers who are driving regularly with an overall update on all aspects of safe driving.

The day is split into two parts, the first is a theory based classroom session followed by a practical session with an approved driving instructor.
The theory sessions covers topics such as:

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Double Parking Causes Access Chaos For Emergency Services

Narrow streets and residents double parking has impact on emergency services' ability to access incidents

In the 2011 census, it stated there were 12 cars per 10 households in South Wales and this increase since 2001 has had an impact on the accessibility of some of the narrower South Wales streets for emergency services vehicles, especially the fire appliances of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS).

To raise awareness of the issue in areas such as Blaenavon, where there have been previous issues with appliances struggling to access streets and incidents, SWFRS alongside Gwent Police and Blaenavon Town Council, will be sharing information on how residents can park safely, as well as allow enough room for an emergency vehicle to pass.

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RoSPA Launches Website To Keep Older Drivers Safe On The Roads

A website aimed at helping older people adapt to changes in their driving to stay safe on the road, has been launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). has been set up by the safety charity, with funding from the Department for Transport, to provide advice and information for older drivers in a bid to help them to drive safely for longer.

The website gives tips on how people can update their driving skills and knowledge to maintain their freedom and independence on the road, as well as advice for families or friends who are concerned about a loved one’s driving. It will help drivers to:

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Mature Motoring Workshops in March

Driving refresher workshops are now available free of charge for senior drivers in Powys, the county council has announced.

Powys County CouncilMature Motoring workshops are two-hour informal courses developed and delivered by Powys County Council’s Road Safety Unit, thanks to Welsh Government funding. The workshops are aimed at drivers aged 65 years and older.

The workshops focus on issues such as driving licence requirements, the effects of medication, personal safety while driving, winter driving, the dangers of drink driving and not wearing seatbelts.

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597 Arrested During All Wales Winter Anti Drink/Drug Driving Campaign

The campaign launched on 1st December and concluded on New Year’s Day. During this time police officers across Wales breath tested 22,811 motorists.

Gwent Police, the lead force in this campaign, carried out 1130 breath tests with 47 positive, refused or failed. North Wales Police tested 8894 drivers, with 82 being positive, refused or failed. South Wales Police tested 4409 motorists and 205 were positive, refused or failed. Dyfed Powys Police carried out 8378 breath tests with 164 being positive, refused or failed.

Overall 99 motorists were arrested for drug offences. This breaks down to 21 in Gwent, 35 in North Wales, 26 in South Wales and 17 in Dyfed Powys.

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Campaign Outside Carmarthenshire School Clocks Speeder

Some 88 motorists were found to be exceeding the 20mph speed limit outside a Carmarthenshire school during a recent week-long road safety campaign. The joint Road Safety Partnership campaign was held outside Llechyfedach School, Upper Tumble from 11-15 January.

The campaign was run by Carmarthenshire Roads Policing Unit, GoSafe Safety Camera Partnership and Cross Hands Neighbourhood Policing Team, who spent the week outside the school at key times. Officers provided a visible presence outside the school and carried out preventative measures along with enforcement and education to motorists.

Carmarthenshire Roads Policing Sergeant Ian Price said: “This was a successful operation focussing on casualty reduction where road safety issues were dealt with positively providing the community and parents with confidence that school children of the area can walk to and from school safer in the knowledge that positive action has been taken to educate motorists. Similar campaigns are planned within Carmarthenshire over the next few weeks.”

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RoSPA Advice For Driving In Snow Or Ice

If you find yourself driving in snow or on icy or snow covered roads, adapt your driving to the conditions:

  • Reduce your speed. The chances of skidding are much greater and your stopping distance will increase massively.
  • Only travel at a speed at which you can stop within the distance you can see to be clear. Speed limits are the maximum in ideal conditions; in difficult conditions, they can often be too fast.
  • Avoid harsh braking and acceleration, or sharp steering.
  • Always reduce your speed smoothly and in plenty of time on slippery surfaces.
  • Slow down in plenty of time before bends and corners.
  • Braking on an icy or snow covered bend is extremely dangerous. The centrifugal force will continue to pull you outwards and the wheels will not grip very well. This could cause your vehicle to spin.
  • To brake on ice and snow without locking your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use your brakes gently.
  • Increase the gap between you and the vehicle in front. You may need up to TEN TIMES the normal distance for braking.
  • Keep your vehicle well-ventilated. The car heater turned up fully can quickly make you drowsy.
  • In snow, stop frequently to clean the windows, wheel arches, lights and number plates.
  • Visibility will probably be reduced, so use dipped headlights.
  • During wintry weather, road surfaces are often wet and/or covered in frost and ice or snow. But this does not occur uniformly. A road will often have isolated patches of frost or ice after most of the road has thawed – this commonly occurs under bridges, in shaded areas and on exposed bridges.
  • Be aware of ice even on gritted roads, although the road has been treated the road is unlikely to be wholly free of ice.

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New Northern Ireland Law To Improve Standards For Young Drivers Welcomed

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has hailed a new law passed in Northern Ireland that will help young drivers to be safer on the country’s roads.

The family safety charity has welcomed the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill, which will come into force in 2018 and includes tougher drink-drive limits, a minimum six-month learning period, night-time restrictions on young drivers carrying passengers, and will enable learners to drive on the motorway.

It has long been recognised that alcohol impairs a driver’s ability and the bill will provide for two new lower drink-driving limits – 50mg/100ml for all drivers (as is the case now in Scotland) and 20mg/100ml for novice and professional drivers.

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Preparing for Winter Driving - Driving in Heavy Rain

Inspector Gary Jones of Dyfed Powys Police shares his Winter Driving tips - We have all experienced heavy rainfall over the last few weeks, which is expected to continue for the rest of this week. Please see following advice:

Driving in Heavy Rain can be hazardous.

Before setting off:

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All Wales Young Adult Campaign

The four Welsh Forces in collaboration with Road Safety Wales partners have carried out an enforcement and engagement campaign aimed at young adult drivers and passengers.

The aim of the campaign is to highlight the driving risks to young adults under the Fatal 5 banner, such as driving whilst impaired and using mobile phones behind the wheel. Passengers were also asked to look at their own behaviour within a vehicle environment – from peer pressure and distraction to thinking about whether they should get into a car with a driver who is impaired.

During the campaign, over 300 young adults came to the attention of the police with 193 drivers found to have committed offences (including speeding, anti-social driving/riding and use of mobile phones) with 68 given verbal warnings.

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