Staying Safe workshop - Why should I attend?

Driving condition change rapidly. As we get older, these conditions may become challenging. There are a number of things you can do to improve your safety and that of your passengers.

Physical and mental changes

Our eyesight deteriorates, and we may have hearing problems. We physically slow down and our attention span shortens.

Driving in traffic becomes more challenging

More traffic — more problems. Vehicle numbers have tripled over the last 20 years.

Driver's licence conditions become stricter

When you turn 75, you will need to renew your licence every FIVE years. From your 80th birthday, you will need to renew it every two years. You will need to get a medical certificate for a drivers licence from your doctor. You may have to take an on-road safety test.

Older people are more at risk of injury

There is a higher risk of injuries affecting us for the rest of our lives. Injuries will take longer to heal and some may not mend at all.

🚗Tip: Get a safer vehicle

Modern cars have many safety features. Look for these features when replacing your car. Safe driving is the first defense but a safe vehicle is your protection during a crash.

How Safe is your vehicle?

Plate lookup on Rightcar website
Click to find out how safe your car is

🚨Tip: Safety features to check for

☑️ ABS

Anti lock Braking System (ABS) will stop the

vehicle without locking up the brakes.

☑️ Structural integrity and crumple zone

A car that has effective crumple zones absorbs the energy and increases protection for passengers.

☑️ Seat belts and head rests

Seat belts keep passengers protected inside the “protective shell" of the vehicle. Headrests minimize the effect of whiplash.

☑️ Airbags, side impact or curtain airbags

Airbags provide excellent protection, especially in combination with seat belts. Children under the age of 12 years should not travel in the front seat where the airbag may actually cause serious injury or death.

☑️ Electronic Stability Control

An excellent safety feature is electronic stability control (ESC), which is a computerised technology that improves the safety of a vehicle's stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction (skidding).

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Attend a free Staying Safe driver workshop

Usually held every second Thursday of the month at Timaru District Council - booking is essential for catering and space.

Evening sessions 7-9pm are now available

These 2-hour workshops are designed and presented in a friendly and interesting way. NO test involved

  • Check your knowledge of the road rules and signs
  • Find out how to counteract the physical and psychological changes
  • Get information about safer cars
  • How to make safer driving choices
  • Discuss issues that concern you
  • Free morning tea and refreshments

For more information about this two-hour session, ring the numbers shown below. Workshops are held every month in Timaru. To attend a workshop in Waimate, Geraldine, Temuka, Fairlie, Tekapo, Twizel, please call.

Robyn Baldwin (Timaru Senior Citizens)

telephone 03 687-7581 or

Daniel Naudé (Road Safety Coordinator)

on 03 687-7235 or text 027-438-6285

Now offering evening classes 7-9pm

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