Refresh your Driving Skills with the AARP Smart Driver Course


2019 Class Schedule in the District

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday, April 26, 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Friday, May 24, 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Friday, June 28, 9:30am – 2:30pm  4 hour Refresher Course
  • Friday, July 26,  9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Friday, August 23, 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Friday, September 27, 9:30am – 2:30pm  4 hour Refresher Course
  • Friday, October 25, 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Friday, November 22, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Location: Sibley Center for Rehabilitative Medicine / Renaissance Building, Meeting Room 2 (1st floor), 5275 Loughboro Road, Washington, DC 20016

Cost: The fee for the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Payment must be by check or cash. Credit cards cannot be accepted. (Note: Instructors are unpaid volunteers)

Parking: A limited amount of parking is available in the lot between Sibley Hospital and the Grand Oaks building. Additional parking is available in the lot on the upper (East) side of the Sibley campus. The parking fee is $12 for the day. Sibley Senior Association Members qualify for a 50% discount.  

Register: To register or ask questions call Driving Instructor Joe Ryan at (202) 362-0704 or e-mail joeryan3@verizon.net


Additional Notes:

  • By completing the course, you may qualify for a reduction in auto insurance—check with your insurance company about their policy.
  • Bring your AARP card, your Driver’s License, and payment for the course, and plan to arrive by 8:45am to check in for the course.
  • Light refreshments will be provided. There will also be a one-hour lunch break. You may bring your own lunch, or visit the cafeteria (for the courses available at Sibley).
  • You must attend the entire course in order to receive the certificate to for your insurance company.

About the AARP Smart Driver Course

The AARP Smart Driver course is geared towards drivers, age 50 and over (though any driver may attend). It is not a behind-the-wheel course but a classroom seminar with a good deal of interaction between the participants. There is no pass-fail. During the course, you will learn:

  • How to minimize dangerous blind spots
  • How to maintain a proper following distance
  • Safe ways to merge with traffic, change lanes and make turns at busy intersections
  • Proper use of seat belts, air-bags, and getting your best seating position for driving
  • New technologies to assist in accident prevention like anti-lock brakes, skid control, blind-spot monitoring, collision avoidance and others
  • Effects of medications and distractions on driving, and how to manage them
  • New laws and challenges of driving in Washington, DC like bicycle lanes, scooters, traffic circles, and road changes

The Course will be offered in DC several times this year in several different locations. To find these and other AARP Smart Driver courses go to: www.aarp.org/drive and click on LOCATE, or call 1-800-846-3299.

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