The AARP Driver Safety Program is adding volunteers and new curriculum to better serve our members and community. With that in mind, we want to introduce the volunteer coordinator who’s making driver safety his mission in Central Arkansas: Steven Gregory.
Steven has some previous experience with driver safety; he oversaw driver safety for Fuji Color Processing’s WalMart distribution hub in Sherwood for three decades. For the past eight years he’s been volunteering as an instructor for AARP driver education and safety. He was a district coordinator and is now a zone coordinator; mentoring instructors, evaluating their classes and ensuring course continuity.
Steven’s goal is to help 50+ Arkansans “drive safer, longer–not teaching people how to drive, but to drive safer” and to use good judgement in adjusting to aging’s changes to reflexes, perception and sensory input. In keeping with that goal, Steven will bring his safety coordination experience to bear with setting up AARP’s new Smart Driver Program beginning in January 2014. The new curriculum is designed to help drivers keep up-to-date with current and new Arkansas driving laws.
The feeling that he’s performing a valuable service keeps Steven on the volunteer roster with AARP and at Benton’s Saline Memorial Hospital. “Keeping 50+ Arkansans engaged” is high on his list of priorities, he says.
In Arkansas, successful completion of the course may result in insurance premium discount for three years from the date of the course for participants age 55 or older, depending on insurance carrier. Steven points out that, although the course is designed with 50+ Arkansans in mind, he’s had students as young as sixteen complete it.
Find out more about the AARP Smart Driver Program at (877) 846-3299 or visit www.aarp.org/findacourse. To volunteer or offer to host an AARP classroom course, go to www.aarp.org/driversafety.