A FREE road safety event has been held to help older residents become more confident and competent behind the wheel.

It is the latest in a series of events hosted by St Helens Council to address the increasing number of accidents involving drivers aged 60 and over.

Dozens of older Rainford Residents attended the course in the village hall.

Cllr Terry Shields, cabinet member for road safety, said: “Statistics show that one in seven road traffic collisions in Merseyside now involves a driver over the age of 65 and that trend is on the rise.

“We all want to maintain our independence in later life and the ability to drive gives us incredible freedom.

“It’s also great that we’re living longer these days but that comes with increased risks on the roads.

“As we get older it’s important to refresh our knowledge and get some advice on our driving, how that can be affected by medication, sight loss and slower reaction times.”

Motorists were given advice on driving while using prescribed drugs and medicine as well as tips on winter driving and the benefits of public transport.

The increasing number of incidents involving older pedestrians within was also highlighted.

A number of presentations were delivered by organisations including St Helens Council’s road safety team, Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Arriva and the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

The Drive Safely for Longer course is offered free to residents over 60.

The next Senior Road User event takes place on Tuesday, February 6, from 10am to 2pm at Rainhill Village Hall.