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Refresher Course Offered To Older Drivers in the Borders

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Drivers over the age of 65 are being advised to take a free driving refresher course.

Scottish Borders Council says the course will help older drivers drive safely for a longer period of time.

It will include an hour's practical driving session to build confidence and practice behind the wheel.

The free Drivewise Borders course is being offered at the following venues:

  • Jedburgh Town Hall – 12 April, 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Old Gala House, Galashiels – 19 April, 9.30am to 11.30am; 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Tait Hall, Kelso – 26 April, 9.30am to 11.30am; 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Albert Road Community Centre, Eyemouth - 3 May, 9.30am to 11.30am; 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Lauder Community and Leisure Centre - 10 May, 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Victoria Halls, Selkirk - 17 May, 9.30am to 11.30am; 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Burnfoot Hub, Hawick - 24 May, 9.30am to 11.30am; 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Coldstream Town Hall - 31 May - 9.30am to 11.30am
  • Earlston Church Hall - 31 May, 1.30pm to 3.30pm

The Council has worked with partners including Police Scotland to put on these sessions which we think will prove really beneficial to drivers aged over 65 in the Borders.

Older drivers have been identified as being one of the groups who are at greater risk of being injured in road accidents.

To continue driving safely, there is a need to recognise that changes can happen, and seek help and advice to be able to drive safely for longer. This is what these Drivewise Borders sessions offer.

– Spokesperson, Scottish Borders Council

The council says the course will not include a test of knowledge or skills.