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Driver and rider training

Motorcycling events

Training/eventLocationScheduleFurther informationWebsite
RoSPA Dorset Advanced Motorcyclists The Royal Oak, Bere Regis First Wednesday of the month, 7pm Free ride-out Dorset RoSPA
Bike Safe Dorset East and West Dorset Weekends April to September Workshop delivered by Dorset Police aimed at helping riders to identify areas of risk and improve skills Bike Safe Dorset
IAM Skill for Life - Dorchester County Hall, Dorchester See website for upcoming events Series of free presentations on advanced riding Dorchester and West Dorset Advanced Motorcyclists
IAM Skill for Life - Wimborne Cobham Social Club, Wimborne See websitefor upcoming events Series of practical on-road sessions with experienced observer to help you reach the 'Skill for Life' advanced motorcycle test standard Bournemouth & Wessex Advanced Motorcyclists
Get On campaign Various See websitefor details

Free motorbike or scooter induction for new riders or those returning after a break from riding

Get On

Young drivers

Momentum is a course for young drivers who have recently passed their test. The course is split in 2 sections - an online assessment and on-road assessment.

LifeDrive is a free scheme that offers enjoyable and interactive enhanced theory and practical driver training, plus a £50 voucher for everyone completing the course! 

Advice for parents of new drivers

Older drivers 

Dorset Driver Gold is an older driver programme run by Safewise for drivers aged 65 and over, to refresh and update your driving knowledge and skills to keep you driving safely for longer. 

Still Safe to Drive is an older driver resource from GEM Motoring Assist, a breakdown recovery provider and road safety charity.

Eyesight and keeping fit to drive

You must be able to read a number plate at a distance of 20 metres. Read about eyesight and driving rules on Gov.uk.

Download the Age UK Staying Steady guide for simple exercises that you can do at home to strengthen muscles and bones to help keep you fit to drive.

When should you stop driving?

You must renew your licence every 3 years after you turn 70 but there are no laws on what age you should stop driving. View the Gov.uk advice on deciding when to stop driving

If you decide to give up driving, there are alternative options such as public transport services and community transportDorset Partnership for Older People Programme (POPP) can offer advice and help to older residents. 

Disability and driving

Having a medical condition or disability does not necessarily mean you can't or won't be allowed to drive. You must tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) about any medical condition or disability that may affect your driving. See Gov.uk for information on medical conditions, disabilities and driving

The Forum of Mobility Centresis a network of independent organisations in the UK, offering professional information, advice and assessment to individuals who have a medical condition or are recovering from an accident or injury which may affect their ability to drive or access a motor vehicle.

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