DANVILLE — Cars have changed. So have the traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads traveled every day. Some driver age 50-plus have never looked back since they got their first driver’s license, but even the most experienced benefit from brushing up on their driving skills. Older drivers will have an opportunity to participate in this four-hour course Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Sanctuary, 304 Market St., Danville.
What will be learned by taking the course?
Participants can expect to learn current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate their vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. They’ll learn adjustments to accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. They will learn the following: •How to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots.
•How to maintain the proper following distance behind another car.
•The safest ways to change lanes and make turns at busy intersections.
•Proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes and new technologies used in cars.
•Ways to monitor their own and others’ driving skills and capabilities.
•The effects of medications on driving.
•The importance of eliminating distractions such as eating, smoking and cell phone use.
After completing the course, participants will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and of how they can avoid potential collisions and injuries to themselves and others.
Drivers 50-plus and older may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so they should consult their agent for details. They may also be eligible to receive a discount on roadside assistance plans.
Although it is geared to drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to people of all ages.
AARP membership is not required to take the course. There is no test to pass the course. There is a charge per person; AARP members receive a discount in cost. Participants should bring their AARP membership card for the discount and everyone should bring their current state driver’s license.
The course will be taught by AARP volunteer Paul Higgins.
The current course is limited to the first 25. To register, contact 398-9030 or 599-7224.
Published on August 20, 2012