Cambrian News photographer - Various driving instructors are pictured with members of the public who took part in the course

A MATURE driver course for over 65s in Aberystwyth proved so popular that more events have been planned to meet demand.

The Cambrian News reported “The course, featuring instructors from various driving schools in Aberystwyth and led by Ceredigion County Council’s road safety officer Kayleigh Tonkins in partnership with Dyfed-Powys Police, attracted 20 older drivers on 1 and 2 May at Glan Rheidol, Llanbadarn Fawr.

The course gave participants the opportunity to learn from the expertise of experienced road safety professionals and fully qualified approved driving instructors.

The course aimed to enhance existing skills and knowledge while introducing ideas such as dealing with stressful situations and planning for the future to keep mature drivers driving safely for longer.

The course consisted of group based discussions, led by a presenter, before driving sessions with instructors.

Steve Griffiths of Aberystwyth Driving School was among the instructors who took the older drivers through their paces on the day, and he told the Cambrian News that he “thoroughly enjoyed it.”

“It was great to see the drivers take on board the feedback and really make a difference to road safety,” he said.

“It’s really important for drivers to have a refresher – we all get lazy and pick up bad habits.

“So much has changed with driving, road layouts and the cars themselves in the last 40 years that courses like this can really make a difference.

“It really was a great day, and all the instructors enjoyed doing it.

“Without a shadow of a doubt I’d urge everyone who can attend these events in the future to do so.”

The same course will be held again later this year on 4 and 5 September.

For information contact Kayleigh Tonkins, Road Safety Project Officer on 01545 570881 or via email at

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