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Refresh your Driving Skills with our Driver Safety Course

Driver safety

As the nation’s first and largest driver safety course designed especially for older drivers, AARP Driver Safety has helped over 15 million participants refresh their skills and stay safe on the road since 1979.

AARP Driver Safety helps drivers stay safe, educated and confident behind the wheel with the AARP Smart Driver™ Course—which can also save you money on car insurance. These four-hour classroom courses are designed to help drivers age 50-plus familiarize themselves with the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate vehicles more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. All classroom courses are taught by trained AARP volunteers.

The course will be offered Thursday, February 13 from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ashland Senior Center, 162 W. Union St., Ashland, MA. To register call Kim Kotob at 508-881-0140 x 7955 or email kkotob@ashlandmass.com.

The course fee — $15 for AARP members & $20 for non-members — will be wavied for Ashland residents. Lunch will be available. Class is limited to 15 participants.

You can also take the Smart Driver Course online.

In addition to learning safety strategies that can reduce the likelihood of a crash, participants of the course will learn how aging, medications, alcohol, and other health-related issues affect driving ability, and how to adjust driving accordingly to allow for these changes. The course also helps participants determine when it may not be best to drive (e.g., late at night, inclement weather, etc.) and how to plan for a time when driving is no longer an option.

AARP Driver Safety offers classroom and online courses. The classroom course costs $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The online course costs $19.95 for members and $24.95 for non-members. Although the program is geared toward drivers 50 and older, licensed drivers of all ages are welcome to participate. There are no official tests to pass in order to graduate from the program. Space is limited, so register now.

Here's what you will learn:

  • Learn research-based safety strategies that can reduce the likelihood of having a crash.
  • Understand the links among the driver, vehicle, and road environment, and how this awareness encourages safer behavior.
  • Learn how aging, medications, alcohol, and other health-related issues affect driving ability, and ways to adjust to allow for these changes.
  • Increase confidence.
  • Know how to drive safely when sharing the road with other road users.
  • Learn the newest safety and advanced features in vehicles.
  • Learn when driving may no longer be safe.
  • Explore other ways to travel.

For more information or to register for classes visit www.aarpdriversafety.org or call 1-888-AARP-NOW (1-888-227-7669).

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