New Year, New AARP Driver Safety Course

From Estelle M. Schwartz, District Coordinator, AARP Driver Safety Program

On Tuesday, August 12, beginning at 9:30AM, the Springfield Police Department is sponsoring the new 4 hour AARP Smart Driver Course. There will be a half hour lunch break, please bring a sandwich or salad with you– something to drink and something for desert will be provided.

The overall look and feel of this new 4 hour AARP Smart Driver Course is entirely different from the past courses. It has been designed to include older adult learning strategies and is now more participant-friendly and easier to follow. As a result of completing the course, participant’s will learn research-based strategies which can reduce the likelihood of their having a crash–note that since the first of the year older adults have been involved in about 1/3 of the fatalities in crashes in Vermont.

Participants will also be helped to understand the links between the driver, vehicle and road environment, learn how aging, medications, and alcohol affect driving ability and how to adjust their driving to allow for these changes.

In addition, the course can help to increase a driver’s confidence, know how to drive safely when sharing the road with other road users, and learn of some of the newest safety and advanced features on today’s cars.

For AARP Members, the fee is $15; for Non-Members, it is $20. To sign up for this new and exciting course, please call Bill at 802-672-1823.

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