ON THE ROAD: Fraser Coast TESS teacher and driving instructor Max Seymour speaks to a packed house at the Senior Citizens Centre on new road rules and regulations with assistance by sign interpreter Melanie.
ON THE ROAD: Fraser Coast TESS teacher and driving instructor Max Seymour speaks to a packed house at the Senior Citizens Centre on new road rules and regulations with assistance by sign interpreter Melanie. Boni Holmes

Program for senior drivers receives amazing response

MORE than 120 drivers over 50 years young packed Maryborough's Senior Citizens Centre to brush up on the latest road rules and regulations.

The popular Driving On seminar, organised by Madcota and Fraser Coast TESS co-ordinating with Active Plus Lifestyle Options, was a free informative single session which focused on keeping locals, particular those aged over 60, on the road safely.

TESS project co-ordinator Maria Allen said they had an amazing response to the seminar.

"We had more than 120 people RSVP and I think they all turned up," Maria said.

"They have been a very engaging audience.

"Fraser Coast Motor Centre put on some interesting information about safety and technology in the latest vehicles."

Fraser Coast TESS teacher and A Class Driving Centre's instructor Max Seymour presented the seminar and said all the common questions were raised.

"This seminar is all about empowering older people," Max said.

"I touched on a few major points - certainly in addition to 12-13 points from roundabouts to give way signs, stop signs, amber lights, turning right at green lights, merging into traffic, road conditions such as rain, stopping in time.

"There was a lot of commentary on giving way, marked lines, turning left, turning right, and indication - how soon do we indicate.

"The one that tends to confuse people is indicating where there are two streets together or an entry lane close together and people misinterpreting your indication - where you choosing the second entry or the first one."

Max also touched on the reverse parking formula which does work but it was up to the driver to practise it.

Senior driver Lynette Beck was one of many who had a question to ask.

She asked a very interesting question about the different vision perception in the rear vision mirror in the car, and the side mirrors where cars look further away than they actually are.

"With the modern cars the rear vision mirrors shows the vehicles to be further away than they are which makes it difficult because when you pull out you think you are clear, but in fact you are not," Lynette said.

"I have had many an incident where I have had someone beeping at me because I thought they were a block away but in fact as soon as I pull out they are right on your tail.

"I was happy to get an answer from the floor even though it annoyed me, but all in all it was very informative."

Simon Bryon from Fraser Coast Motor Centre said the question Lynette asked was the biggest complaint in the motor industry and suggested having a normal mirror cut and inserted over the side mirror.

Max said the greatest reversing camera was the shoulder check.

Fraser Coast Motor Centre Maryborough branch manager Teresa Dolman wanted to inform the audience that they were available to talk to for any information.

"We talked about our Wheels in Motion night where we get drivers to explore their vehicles and how to make sure their car is safe on the road," Teresa said.

"We discussed the safety features and technology benefits out there not just for senior drivers but everybody.

"In the 11 years of me being here I have adapted to the way of life and have noticed a massive change on the roads.

"There is a lot more cars on the road, so it is making those decisions to at intersections and roundabouts a bit more risky.

"I am an experienced and confident driver but find at some intersections are a bit dicey, so it's has been great to answer some of the audiences questions."

The seminar was brought to Maryborough with funding from Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disabilities.



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