Driving for seniors: an outreach tour in seven regions of Quebec

News 30 September, 2017
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    Saturday, 30 September 2017, 11:56

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    QUEBEC city | A tour to raise awareness and educate seniors is organised by the Fondation CAA-Québec in 20 residences for seniors in Quebec throughout the month of October.

    The objective, provides the Foundation, is to help older drivers stay behind the wheel for as long as possible, and safely.

    According to figures from CAA-Quebec, the seniors have more collisions per kilometre travelled and the number of deaths on the road increases in the 55 years and over. For the Foundation, it is important to reduce the statistics, as much as the next 10 years, more than 1.5 million seniors will be on the roads of Quebec.

    “Yes, it is a challenge, and there are worrying statistics, but the Foundation insists that good conduct has no age”, said in a statement that the director of the CAA-Quebec Foundation, Marco Harrison. The organization’s mission is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in road safety.

    The tour, organized in the framework of the Month of the elders, begins Tuesday in the region of Saguenay−Lac-Saint-Jean, said Mr Harrison in an interview with TVA News, Saturday.

    “This tour is unique, he added. It is the only one to offer it. It includes a conference during which we give them tips on how to behave at the wheel.”

    The Foundation also reminds us that some of the capabilities needed to drive begin to wane and that the risks can appear from the age of 45 years. “One day, we need to take our retirement from driving and it has to be planned,” said Mr. Harrison.