Age is no barrier to learning to drive, neither is disability and there are several private driving tutors available for you to choose from online or via telephone directories. Be sure to check that the driving instructor is fully qualified to teach driving and has the right insurances. Maybe you have already passed your test and have been driving for some time but have had to take time out due to illness, lack of finances to run a car, or caring for a relative or friend. Below is a list of organisations who can help you either learn to drive or return to driving safely.


Dorset Driver Gold Review   -  an opportunity to review your driving skills via the “I am road smart” organisation’s Mature Driver Review course. A charge of £49 is made for the course, for further information go to .  -an online list of organisations able to help older or disabled drivers either return to driving or adapt to changed circumstances. Further information available at:    


Older Drivers Forum

Keeping mature drivers on the road safely for longer. Practical informative help and support to continue driving, or signposting you to organisations who can assess your driving skills, make practical suggestions, or supply equipment to help you continue driving. Access to driving skills courses locally. For further information go to:


Safewise – Age Well (55+)

Friendly supportive interactive sessions aiming to instil confidence to live active and fulfilling lives for people aged 55+. Courses offered in the Bournemouth, Weymouth areas. Variety of topics covered including: home safety and security, in car safety (including young children), mobility scooter use, planning journeys on public transport, bike safety, healthy eating, active lifestyles to promote mental wellbeing, financial planning, and what to do in an emergency.

Safewise runs courses on all aspects of personal and skills for life to school children, home leavers including students, older people, and people with special educational needs and learning disabilities. For more information go to or call 01202 591330 for courses in Bournemouth or Weymouth, or email or .


Wessex Driveability

With their main centre based in Southampton and satellite centres in Basingstoke, Ferndown, Isle of Wight, and Salisbury Wessex Disability can offer assessments and training for drivers who are disabled or who wish to have their driving skills reassessed. Practical advice and training about adaptations to your vehicle, and on transfer skills if you need to be able to load a wheelchair into your vehicle. For further details contact customer services on 02380 554 100, email or go online at .


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