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SAGE, Safer Driving With Age

"The SAGE assessment is a very valuable exercise, money well spent and I shall certainly recommend it to friends." *

What is SAGE?

SAGE is a driving assessment for mature drivers.
SAGE is definitely not a driving test.
The assessment is based on common sense, safe, skillful, everyday driving. There are no trick questions or unusual manoeuvres.
The assessment will take about one hour to complete.
Your assessor will be a friendly experienced Approved Driving Instructor.
We aim to present each person who completes the assessment with a certificate and a written report.

“The Driving Instructor was excellent, very friendly and he gave me some useful tips which updated my knowledge.” *
“An excellent and worthwhile scheme.  Although I have been driving for 48 years, I still welcomed the suggested improvements identified in my assessment.”*
* Quotes taken from SAGE evaluations

Photo of a driver on the SAGE course

Which vehicle will I drive?

The assessment will take place in your own car and it will commence from your home address or a mutually convenient place.

How much will it cost?

The assessment, including a written report will cost £25.

What if my driving is not up to standard?

If your driving is not up to the required standard you will be given the necessary guidance and advice.
For more information contact or call 0116 305 7233.  Simply print out the SAGE Application Form (PDF file) and return it with your cheque for £25.00

Safer Driving Advice


Have your eyes tested regularly. Changes in your eyesight can happen slowly and without you realising it. It’s illegal to drive if you can’t read a number plate from 20.5 metres (67 feet) away.

Vehicle checks

Regularly carry out basic checks on your vehicle. This should include checking the tyres, oil, water, lights, wipers and washer fluid level. Make sure your mirrors, lights and windscreen are clean. Details of how to do basic checks are included in your vehicle handbook.

Renewing your licence

When you reach the age of 70 the law requires you to renew your licence and this has to be done every three years thereafter. All drivers must notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) on the onset or worsening of a medical condition which may affect their ability to drive. Further information is also available on the DVLA site.  

The Highway Code

Make sure you are familiar with the current Highway Code, which is available from all good bookshops (a complimentary copy will be sent if a SAGE course is booked).
The Highway Code can also be found on the internet in the GOV.UK website.
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Page Last Updated: 21 July 2014