Welcome to our online video library
The three main video sections in this resource only allow us to use short extracts of the interviews and discussions we completed. But you may well be interested in seeing full-length versions of these recordings – in which case, they’re all right here and available for you to view. Simply click on the one that interests you and it will play automatically.
Bob Smalley, from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, explains the benefits of getting your driving assessed in an informal and friendly atmosphere. He takes a journey with Val Singleton and talks her through some possible areas for safety improvements:
Crash risk has been shown to increase after the age of 75. But what are the common mistakes we should be looking out for? More to the point, what should we do if we recognise risky driving habits in a relative or friend? Sgt Rob Heard of Hampshire Police has some good ideas:
It’s important to make sure the car you drive is right for your needs. Your priorities might once have been luxury and performance, but perhaps the time has come to put these in second place to factors such as functionality and convenience. We find out more from David Motton, road test editor from GEM’s membership magazine, Good Motoring:
What are some of the things that happen to us as we grow older? How do our bodies and minds change? Dr Amanda Kilsby, a specialist registrar in geriatric medicine, has some advice on what signs to look out for, and some tips on how to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible:
It’s entirely normal that eyesight declines with age, so regular eye tests are important, not only for highlighting obvious problems, but also for allowing early detection of certain conditions that may not demonstrate symptoms in the early stages. Optometrist Professor Steve Taylor explains:
Safety is, of course, our priority on road journeys. We want you to be safe… and others who share the same road space to be safe as well. Professor Andrew Parkes, a principal researcher at TRL, examines the some of the driving behaviour issues that can go with ageing.
That difficult conversation
Roger Crisp realised that he, his brother and sisters would have to talk to their mother about her driving, partly because of the onset of dementia and partly because of a stroke she had suffered. It was a big step for Mrs Crisp as she had always driven as part of her work and she was a qualified Advanced Driver. Now, a year and a half after dealing with the dangers, Roger and Muriel reflect on the difficulties posed by the conversation they had.
Age affects us all differently. Living in a country village these days is nearly impossible without a car. But 92-year-old Sylvia Wilton still manages, and this helps her daughter Jane, who was forced to give up driving when she developed Multiple Sclerosis 10 years ago. The two discuss how long they can realistically expect Sylvia to stay behind the wheel, and what they will need to do when she can no longer drive.
At 83, Bill Periam is still driving – and enthusiastic about it, too. But his health in recent years has begun to decline, meaning his driving has been restricted. Bill, by his very nature not one of the world’s most careful drivers, is clearly keen to stay mobile for as long as possible. David, on the other hand, has some fundamental concerns about the wisdom of Bill’s determination.
89-year-old retired GP Turner Waddell refused to stop driving, in spite of failing an eyesight test. One day, in March 2011, he was driving his Volvo to attend a concert. He managed to turn the wrong way down a dual carriageway, where he hit 28-year-old Neil Colquhoun. Neil’s car caught fire and rescuers were unable to free him from the wreck. He died at the scene. Neil’s mother, Pat, describes what happened on that evening.