Why Take a Driver Safety Class?
The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest classroom refresher course for drivers age 50 and older that has helped millions of drivers remain safe on today's roads. The 8-hour course is designed to help you:
Tune up your driving skills and update your knowledge of the rules of the road.
Learn about normal age-related physical changes, and how to adjust your driving to allow for these changes.
Reduce your traffic violations, crashes, and chances for injuries.
Drive more safely.
Get an insurance discount. Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multiyear discount to AARP graduates! Find more details.
What Will I Learn by Taking the Course?
You can expect to learn about current rules of the road, how to operate your vehicle more safely in this increasingly challenging environment, and some adjustments to common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. You will learn about:
-- maintaining proper following distance at all times,
-- the safest way to change lanes and make turns at intersections,
-- the effects of medications on driving, -- 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 anti-lock brakes,
-- maintaining physical flexibility, continuing to monitor your own and others' driving skills and capabilities.
You can expect to join others like yourself who have driven for many years but wish to "tune up" driving skills. You'll have an opportunity to share your experiences with others and learn from your classmates. You'll leave with a greater appreciation of driving challenges and how you can avoid potential collisions and injuries to yourself and others. Interested? Learn more about the course structure.
What Else Do I Need to Know and How Do I Sign Up?
Though geared for drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to people of any age. AARP membership is not required to take the course. Most courses are taught in two 4-hour sessions; some one-day courses and weekend courses are also held.
There is no final test to pass.
The course is taught by AARP-trained volunteers. Courses are also available in Spanish in certain locations.
You must contact the course location or the instructor to pre-register for the course.
The course fee is only $10.00.