The three-part series follows a group of drivers aged 90 and over who have volunteered to take a driving assessment with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Independent Age worked with RDF Television who produced 100 Year Old Driving School for ITV to offer tips and guidance to some of the nation’s oldest drivers. Independent Age representatives attended the three regional hubs to talk to older drivers and their families participating in the programme about their experiences of driving, in research for the Behind the Wheel advice guide
The three-part documentary for ITV continues on from the channel’s 100 Year Old Drivers series to hit the road with some of Britain’s oldest motorists as they take mature driving tests.
The programme speaks to those aged in their 90s and 100s who are willing to risk sitting an assessment overseen by examiners from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Episode 1 will broadcast on ITV on Tuesday 12 September at 9pm, with episodes 2 and 3 airing on the 19 and 26 September respectively.
Geoffrey, 93, from Ipswich, who is featured in ITV’s 100 Year Old Driving School and on the front cover of the new Behind the Wheel advice guide, says:
I have been driving since I was 18 and I would be lost without it. Driving means everything to me. It gives me freedom to go somewhere without asking anyone else to help.
I couldn’t bear to be a burden on my family, saying, ‘Take me here, take me there.’ I would hate to have to ask and lose my independence.
Independent Age has launched a new, free advice guide full of tips to help support older drivers, and provides information on alternatives if they decide to stop driving. Behind the Wheel: Tips for safe and confident driving in later life provides information on topics such as staying safe and boosting confidence while driving, the law relating to older drivers and driving with medical conditions, and when to think about stopping driving. The guide will be accompanied by online information for the families of older drivers around how to start difficult conversations about driving.