A FREE one-day mature driver course is to be held in Ceredigion aimed at drivers who are 65 years old or older.

The course will be held in Aberystwyth on February 28, March 7 and March 22 between 10am and 4pm for each of the dates.

It will give participants the opportunity to learn from experienced road safety professionals and fully qualified approved driving instructors.

The course is being run by the county council aims to enhance existing skills and knowledge while introducing ideas such as dealing with stressful situations and planning for the future to keep mature drivers driving safely for longer.

Geraldine, who previously attended the course said: “Prior to the day of the course I had not driven since early 2013 following an accident which resulted in broken limbs.

“I kept telling myself that it was not a good idea to let my husband always drive, but it was the course that kick-started me into action and gave me the confidence to get back behind the wheel.”

The course is not a test. It consists of a group-based discussions which are led by a presentation, before having an opportunity to drive with an approved driving instructor.

Cllr Alun Williams, Ceredigion cabinet member with responsibility for adult services, said: “Our county has many rural areas and the ability to continue driving as we mature is vital for many residents of Ceredigion to maintain an independent way of living.

“As we get older, it’s often a good idea to look again at our driving, and consider if a refresher course could be useful. Why not take up this perfect opportunity, it’s free and takes only a day to complete.”

Participants don’t need to bring a car to the session as a car will be provided by the instructors. Contact Kayleigh Tonkins, road safety officer by calling 01545 570881 or emailing clic@ceredigion.gov.uk for further information and to reserve a space.