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Driver and rider training

Driver and rider advice, training and events.

Motorcycling events 

Training/eventLocationScheduleFurther informationWebsite
RoSPA Dorset Advanced MotorcyclistsThe Royal Oak, Bere RegisFirst Wednesday of the month, 7pmFree ride-out Dorset RoSPA (opens in a new window)
Bike Safe DorsetEast and West DorsetWeekends April to SeptemberWorkshop delivered by Dorset Police aimed at helping riders to identify areas of risk and improve skills Bike Safe Dorset (opens in a new window)
IAM Skill for Life - DorchesterCounty Hall, Dorchester See website (opens in a new window) for upcoming eventsSeries of free presentations on advanced riding Dorchester and West Dorset Advanced Motorcyclists (opens in a new window)
IAM Skill for Life - WimborneCobham Social Club, Wimborne See website (opens in a new window) for upcoming eventsSeries of practical on-road sessions with experienced observer to help you reach the 'Skill for Life' advanced motorcycle test standard Bournemouth & Wessex Advanced Motorcyclists (opens in a new window)
Get On campaignVarious See website (opens in a new window) for details

Free motorbike or scooter induction for new riders or those returning after a break from riding

Get On (opens in a new window)

Advice for young drivers

Driver training

Momentum is a course for young drivers who have recently passed their test (opens in a new window). The course is split in 2 sections - an online assessment and on-road assessment.

LifeDrive is a free scheme that offers enjoyable and interactive enhanced theory and practical driver training, plus a £50 voucher for everyone completing the course! 

Advice for parents of new drivers

Advice for older drivers 

Driver training

Dorset Driver Gold is an  older driver programme run by Safewise (opens in a new window) for drivers aged 65 and over, to refresh and update your driving knowledge and skills to keep you driving safely for longer. 

Still Safe to Drive (opens in a new window) is an older driver resource from GEM Motoring Assist, a breakdown recovery provider and road safety charity.

Eyesight and keeping fit to drive

You must be able to read a number plate at a distance of 20 metres.  Read about eyesight and driving rules on Gov.uk (opens in a new window).

Download the Age UK Staying Steady guide (opens in a new window) for simple exercises that you can do at home to strengthen muscles and bones to help keep you fit to drive.

When should you stop driving?

You must renew your licence every 3 years after you turn 70 but there are no laws on what age you should stop driving. View the Gov.uk advice on deciding when to stop driving (opens in a new window).

If you decide to give up driving, there are alternative options such as public transport services and community transportDorset Partnership for Older People Programme (POPP) can offer advice and help to older residents. 

Disability and driving

Having a medical condition or disability does not necessarily mean you can't or won't be allowed to drive. You must tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) about any medical condition or disability that may affect your driving. See Gov.uk for information on medical conditions, disabilities and driving (opens in a new window).

The  Forum of Mobility Centres (opens in a new window) is a network of independent organisations in the UK, offering professional information, advice and assessment to individuals who have a medical condition or are recovering from an accident or injury which may affect their ability to drive or access a motor vehicle.

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