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Advice for older drivers

Advice on staying fit to drive, driving with a disability and alternatives to driving.

Dorset Driver Gold

Dorset Driver Gold is Safewise's (opens in a new window) older driver programme, designed for drivers aged 65 and over, to refresh and update your driving knowledge and skills to keep you driving safely for longer. Find out more about Dorset Driver Gold.

GEM Still Safe to Drive

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.

Keeping fit to drive


Regular exercise not only keeps us healthy, but also helps maintain our independence, which is one of the main benefits of driving. Age UK (opens in a new window) offers a free download of their 'Staying Steady' guide, which contains simple exercises that can be done at home to strengthen muscles and bones.


  • ­1 in 3 drivers could be breaking the law with poor eyesight
  • ­you must be able to read a number plate at a distance of 20 metres
  • it is recommended everyone has an eye test at least every two years has further information on eyesight and driving rules (opens in a new window).

Disability and driving

Having a medical condition or disability does not necessarily mean you cannot or will not 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. provide useful 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.

When should you stop driving?

Drivers must renew their licence every three years after they turn 70, but there are no laws on what age they should stop driving. The website gives  advice on deciding when to stop driving (opens in a new window), what to do if you decide to give up your licence and information on transport options after you give it up.

­If you drive less than 3000 miles a year, research suggests it is uneconomical to run a car so giving up your car could save you money.

Alternative options

  • Travel Dorset provides information about public transport services in Dorset, timetables, live bus times, bus passes and concessionary travel, accessible community transport and more

  • Dorset Country Cars voluntary car scheme provides a transport service for people in rural areas who are not able to use public transport or who have no other way of making essential trips

  • Vision Wimborne dial-a-ride service offers door to door transport for people with severe mobility problems

  • Dorset County Council is part of the Dorset Partnership for Older People Programme (POPP), which is centred around the needs of Dorset's older residents. Find out more about POPP and how they could help you

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