KEEP OLDER DRIVERS ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW WITH A REFRESHER COURSE
Your 74-year-old mother is concerned her doctor may require her to attend an official on-road driving test once she turns 75. She fears she may fail. You don’t want her to give up driving. What should you do?
The Automobile Association runs a free in-car coaching session for drivers at least 74 years old. The only requirements are that she is an AA member and holds a valid driver’s licence. It is designed to help keep elderly drivers confident and safe behind the wheel. It also brings them up to date with changes in the road rules they may not have kept track of. The session sounds relaxed and friendly. It’s not a test so no-one fails. It would be perfect for your mother because it’s designed with that 75-year-olds official driving test in mind. If she’s not an A A member, join her up so she can take part.
It drives you mad that every time the fitted bottom sheet on your bed wears thin, you have to buy another full set of sheets. It never used to happen when loose sheets spent an equal time on the top and on the bottom. You like fitted bottom sheets so is there a way around this? Some of the larger stores, such as Farmers, sell fitted bottom sheets, loose top sheets and pillowcases, all separately. This is not just because fitted bottom sheets wear out quicker – it’s more about people not using top sheets at all, preferring simply to wash their duvet covers. Buying separately can be a more expensive way of buying sheets, so keep an eye out for the 50%-off deals. Some online stores sell sheet sets with a “free” extra fitted bottom sheet so look there as well, but remember, nothing that’s “sold” is truly free.
Ageing is a hard enough prospect for some and the thought of having to sit another driving test adds to the worry. A free coaching session could keep them on track. Be a driving force! Kevin Milne CONSUMER