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AARP Smart Driver Course (SS)

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  • Class Number: 242--CANCELLED
  • Class Name: AARP Smart Driver Course (SS)
  • Facilitator: Ken Osborn
  • Semester: Winter 2022
  • Number of Sessions: 1
  • Number of Seats Left: -9

Class Description

This course is intended to help drivers live more independently as they age and remain safe on today’s roads.  Since the program’s inception in 1979, more than 14 million participants have completed the course.  More than 6,000 AARP-trained volunteers conduct our classroom course each year.  This is a 4-hour course and will be conducted in one day with a 1-hour lunch break after the first two hours.

Although the course is geared toward drivers 50+, it can be taken by licensed drivers of all ages, and there are no tests.  In most states and the District of Columbia, course participants may be eligible to receive a state-mandated, multi-year discount on their auto insurance premiums.  Voluntary discounts are offered in many other states.  Participants should contact their insurance company or agent for more details.

The AARP Smart Driver Course covers defensive driving techniques and the normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging.  The course also provides practical techniques for adjusting to these changes to ensure the driver’s own safety and that of others on the road.  During the course, participants learn about current rules of the road and how to operate their vehicles more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.  Topics include:

¨ Maintaining proper following distance
¨ Minimizing the effect of dangerous blind spots
¨ Limiting driver distractions such as eating, smoking and cell phone use
¨ Properly using safety belts, air bags, and all car features
¨ Effects of medications on driving
¨ Maintaining physical flexibility
¨ Monitoring the driving skills and capabilities of yourself and others

There is a cost of $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members to be paid by check (made out to AARP) or cash for the volunteer instructor.  The fee includes course materials such as the Smart Driver Guidebook and a certificate of completion that may entitle you to a reduction in your auto insurance premiums.

Session # Date Start Time End Time
1 01/24/2022 10:00 AM 03:00 PM