Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Oklahoma— People participating in an upcoming Smart Driving Tribunal can reduce car insurance premiums and stay up to date on changes in the driving landscape and driving rules.
This course includes the latest related information as well as strategies for driving safely longer. The Garfield County OSU Extension and AARP are sponsoring the Smart Driving Course beginning at 9 a.m. Monday July 11, 2022, at Garfield County Extension Office, 316 E. Oxford. The course will last until approximately 3:30 p.m. with a break for lunch. Bring a lunch or plan to eat nearby. The course is open to the public.
AARP Driver Safety Courses have been helping older drivers stay safe, current, educated and confident behind the wheel since 1979. A new, updated version was introduced in early 2022. The driving landscape has radically changed. changed over the past 10 years. , and vehicles have seen drastic updates since many drivers received their driver’s license.
“Anyone can benefit from the updated program,” said Kevin R. Hackett, local AARP Smart Driving volunteer instructor. “As the number of older drivers increases, it is essential that we optimize the driving experience of capable older people by helping them to become more confident and informed drivers in order to reduce problems of social isolation and financial costs. , while making the roads safer for everyone.”
Research shows that older drivers can benefit from additional training on topics such as roundabout management, pavement markings, use of turn signals and sign compliance. The course covers safety strategies that reduce the likelihood of an accident as they learn how aging, medications, alcohol, and other health issues affect driving ability. It will also include how to adjust driving accordingly to accommodate these changes as well as changes in vehicles that are available now, according to an AARP press release.
Insurance companies agree with the research because they offer a discount on auto insurance rates for up to three years after completing this course and when a certificate is provided to them, according to AARP.
People can register by contacting the Garfield County OSU Extension Center at (580) 237-1228. Call Hackett at (405) 714-1002 for questions or more information about the course.
The cost of the course is $20 for AARP members (bring your card) or $25 for non-AARP members. Participants must bring their driver’s license.
The AARP Smart Driving Program and new materials were developed with input and representation from more than 15 related organizations comprising the National Older Driver Safety Expert Panel and in consultation with many other safety, vehicle motor, transportation and medical, according to a press release. from AARP.
The “We Need to Talk” course is available for those concerned about older drivers. It is designed to help individuals and families start a conversation with them about the need to limit or stop driving. The 60-90 minute program covers both the physical and social issues of not driving, making objective observations about safe driving, and developing strategies and laying out a plan for more successful and sensitive conversations about limiting or stopping driving for those of concern. It includes handouts and would be a great civic club, professional group, or other interested group program.
The program can be scheduled by contacting Hackett at (405) 714-1002 for more information.