Free seminar in Duncan to help with 80-plus re-test

Drivers who are at least 80-years-old and need help with their mandatory drivers’ test are being offered assistance

Drivers in the Cowichan Valley who are at least 80-years-old and need help with their mandatory drivers’ test are being offered assistance this month from Wallace Driving School.

The driving school is offering a free seminar in Duncan on Sept. 29 that will teach some proactive steps to take when seniors are required to have their driving skills re-evaluated, and some steps to make it easier.

Beginning at the age of 80 and every two years after that, drivers in B.C. must be assessed by their doctor and submit a medical report to RoadSafetyBC to maintain their driver licences.

Michael Brar, general manager of Wallace Driving School which also has branches in Port Alberni, Nanaimo and Victoria, said the company has been offering the seminars for seniors for years from its various locations on the Island.

‘The world of driving, and the rules that govern it, change all the time, and many people who have been driving for 60 years or more tend to overlook some of these changes,” Brar said.

“In many cases, it’s also harder for seniors to move their bodies to do the required shoulder checks. Although they do have to demonstrate some motion, we can teach seniors with challenges to their motion how to use convex mirrors to help reduce the blind spots.”

Brar said the seminar is also useful for drivers of any age whose physical abilities are limited and must also take part in a drivers’ recertification process.

The seminar will be held at 3 p.m. in Heritage Hall, Duncan United Church, located at 246 Ingram St.

Brar said there is no charge for the seminar, but donations to help with the cost of the venue would be accepted with gratitude.

For more information, or just to let the organizers know you are coming, call 250-746-6043, or email kathiefielding@duncanunited.org.