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Greene County Safe Communities Coalition hosts AARP Driver Safety Course

In Local News, Senior Lifestyle on April 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

XENIA — Cars have changed. So have the traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. Some drivers age 50-plus have never looked back since they got their first driver’s license, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills.

The Greene County Safe Communities Coalition has partnered with the Greene County Council on Aging to host an AARP Driver Safety Course on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from Noon – 4:00 p.m. in the Media Room located at 541 Ledbetter Road in Xenia.

What Will You Learn by Taking the Course?

You can expect to learn 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 adjustments to accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. You will learn the following:

  • 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 cell-phone 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.

What Else Do You Need to Know?

  • You may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your agent for details.
  • You may be eligible to receive a discount on roadside assistance plans.
  • The AARP Driver Safety Program has helped millions of drivers stay safe on the roads since its inception in 1979.
  • Although it is geared to drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to all licensed drivers.
  • AARP membership is not required to take the course.
  • There is no test to pass.

The course costs only $12.00 for AARP members and $14.00 for non-members.

How Can I Sign Up or Learn More Information?

Call Laurie Fox, Greene County Safe Communities Coordinator, at 937-374-5669 or email lfox.

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