For many older drivers, car travel is an important aspect of their independence and well-being, giving them access to work, friends, family, shopping and health related services such as GP's, hospitals and opticians.
However, research suggests that human error is a contributory factor in almost all collisions and that almost half the people killed or seriously injured on Dorset's roads* are in a car.
* Dorset County Council area 5 year casualty data (2006-10)
Dorset Driver Gold courses are designed to address the most common causes of collisions in Dorset, namely poor hazard perception, lack of awareness and inappropriate use of speed. To book this course please see the contact details at the bottom of this page.
The courses provide you with an opportunity to update your driving skills and knowledge, helping you deal with ever changing road conditions, and can reduce your risk of becoming involved in a road collision.
The popularity of these courses means that booking is essential.
Fees quoted are correct as at June 2014.
There are two elements to Dorset Driver Gold:
This 2 hour course is aimed at helping drivers update their knowledge and skills. No driving is involved.
The group discussions include:
- Safety margins
- Dual carriageways/Motorways
- New driving techniques
- Changes in the law and the Highway Code
- Keeping fit to drive
- Alternatives to driving
Fee to attend: £5 (payable on the day)
Practical Refresher Course (optional)
You will be accompanied by an experienced driving professional, using your own car, on this 90 minute course.
The car must be taxed, insured for you to drive and roadworthy. The instructor will also ask to see your licence to confirm that you are entitled to drive.
The route usually includes town and country driving; you can also ask the instructor for help with things that bother you. The aim is to update and improve your driving skills to reduce the chance of you becoming involved in a collision.
Fee to attend: £37.50 (payable to the driving professional on the day of the drive)
To find out about courses in your area, contact the Dorset County Council Road Safety Team at either
visit: Dorset Driver Gold Website
Upcoming dates can be seen or booked here.
Telephone 01305 224558
Write: Road Safety Team, Environment Directorate, Dorset County Council, County Hall, Dorchester DT1 1XJ