Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads you travel every day.
Some drivers age 50 and older have never looked back since they got their first driver's licenses, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills.
By taking a driver safety course, you'll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment. You'll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.
In addition, you'll learn:
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 your own and others' driving skills and capabilities.
The effects of medications on driving.
The importance of eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking and cellphone use.
After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and of how you can avoid potential collisions and injuries to yourself and others.
The AARP Driver Safety course is available in classroom and online settings.
To locate a classroom course, visit aarp.org/findacourse.
After attending the course, you'll receive a certificate of completion that can be presented to your insurance agent for a possible reduction in your auto insurance premiums.
- Provided by the AARP