Health Department to Offer Refresher Driving Course for Seniors
October 28, 2015 - 2:16 PM
MOUNT VERNON- If you are over the age of 50 and
feel like life is speeding by – literally, you might be interested in a
refresher driving course. A lot has happened in the 30-plus years since you
first got behind the wheel: there are more gadgets to operate, more vehicles on
the road and more distractions that pose a danger when driving.
To help you navigate these
changes, the Knox County Health Department will host an AARP Smart Driver
Course on Thursday (Nov. 5) from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The course is open to AARP
members and non-members. Paul Higgins, a driver safety volunteer with AARP,
will teach the course.
“The course gives drivers the
skills and tools they need to drive safely on today’s roads, allowing them to
remain independent for many years to come,” said Higgins. “Many people who take
the course say they change at least one driving behavior afterwards.”
Among an update of driving skills
and rules of the road, attendees will learn about normal age-related physical
changes and how to adjust their driving to compensate. “The course can reduce
your chances of receiving a traffic violation, getting into an accident, or
becoming injured,” said Higgins.
Attendees will receive a
certificate after completing the class and might be eligible for a discount on
their auto insurance. The discount is usually good for three years; so if you
took the course a few years ago and received a discount, you might want to
consider taking it again.
There is charge for the course:
$15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Attendees can pay by check or cash
on the day of the course. Checks should be made payable to AARP. Attendees need
to bring a valid Ohio driver’s license.
Pre-registration is required. To register, call JoAnn Kerr at the Knox
County Health Department, 740-392-2200, ext. 2232.
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