Older drivers urged to check ‘the road ahead’

OLDER people are being encouraged to use a valuable new Transport for NSW resource called ‘The Road Ahead’ to help them make safe and informed choices about driving and navigating transport networks.

Launched to coincide with this year’s NSW Seniors Festival (March 11-24), the 28-page booklet was created as a direct response to the growing number of the State’s drivers retaining their licence for longer.
Statistics show that with increased age, the number of fatalities also increase. For example, in the five years between 2018 to 2022, drivers aged over 70 accounted for 10 per cent of all road fatalities.
Transport for NSW created The Road Ahead to assist older people in making safer decisions when driving, riding, walking or catching public transport.
Deputy Secretary of Safety, Environment and Regulation at Transport for NSW, Sally Webb said the digital booklet contained resources for older drivers on how to make informed decisions about driving safely.
“Older drivers are encouraged to consider the impact their health may be having on their driving ability. Seeking advice from their GP to properly assess how their health may impact their driving ability is crucial,” she said.
“The resource encourages older adults to consider their transition from full-time driving to getting around using other modes such as public transport.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to be on the lookout for warning signs that an older family member or friend may have reduced driving capabilities.”
To access a copy of the guides and other relevant information for older road users, visit, visit your local Service NSW or call 13 22 13.