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KEEP OLDER DRIV­ERS ON THE STRAIGHT AND NAR­ROW WITH A RE­FRESHER COURSE

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - THIS WEEK IN... -

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

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