Peter Anderson | Nov 1, 2012

The RACV has added to its older driver education program with a series of videos aimed at older drivers that can't attend its 'Years Ahead' presentations.

The program began in 1997 as a one-hour presentation on driver safety for older drivers. More than 12,000 motorists have taken part.

The video series released this week goes through the safety technologies available in new cars, and explains ANCAP crash safety ratings.

“Research shows that older drivers are more courteous, law-abiding and take fewer risks on the road. However, the main concern for this age group is their capacity to survive a crash,” RACV's Road User Behaviour Manager Melinda Congiu said.

“Vehicle safety is critical for older drivers, but we know that two thirds of older drivers do not consider safety features a priority when they buy new cars when this should be at the top of their list.”

Ms Congiu said drivers over 75 years are less likely to survive a crash than drivers fifty years of age.

Titled 'Health and Driving', the series sees Senior Forensic Physician Morris Odell speak on the importance of reporting medical conditions to the state's licensing authority.

Viewers will also take tips from occupational therapist Marilyn de Stefano on vehicle modifications available for less physically able drivers to be able to continue driving.

Lastly, the 'Your Driving Future' video presents options on mobility for seniors who are unable to continue driving.

The series is viewable either on the RACV website (link opens in new window). You can watch the introduction below.