Are you looking for an opportunity to lower your car insurance premiums and keep up to date with changes in the driving landscape and driving rules?
The Garfield County OSU Extension and AARP are sponsoring a ‘smart driving’ course beginning at 9 a.m. on May 252022, at the Extension Office Conference Room, 316 E. Oxford. The course will last until approximately 3:30 p.m. with a break for lunch. Attendees can bring lunch or plan to eat nearby. The course is open to the public.
This course includes the latest related information as well as strategies for driving safely longer. There are no tests involved.
AARP’s Driver Safety Courses have helped older drivers stay safe, current, educated and confident behind the wheel since 1979. A new, updated version rolled off the design table in early 2022. The driving landscape has changed dramatically over the past 10 years. 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, AARP’s local volunteer “Smart Driver” 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 information on how to adjust driving accordingly to account for these changes as well as vehicle changes.
Insurance companies agree with the research because they offer a discount on your car insurance rate for up to three years after you complete this course and when the certificate is provided to them, Hackett said. Consult your insurance agent for details on their discounts.
Register by contacting Garfield County OSU Extension Center at (580) 237-1228. Contact (405) 714-1002 for course information.
The cost of the course is $20 for AARP members (bring your card) or $25 for non-AARP members. Bring your driver’s license, as you will need the number. Participants will receive a Participant’s Guide as part of the course.
This AARP Smart Driving Program and new materials were developed with input and representation from the more than 15 related organizations that make up the National Older Driver Safety Expert Panel and in consultation with many other community groups. security, motor vehicle, transportation and medical.
Another course, “We Need to Talk,” is available for those who care and are concerned about older drivers. It is designed to help families start the conversation with individuals about the need to limit or stop driving. This is a 60-90 minute program that covers both the physical and social issues of not driving, making objective observations about safe driving, and developing strategies and a plan for conversations more successful and sensitive on limiting or stopping driving for those who concern us. on.
It includes handouts and would be a great program for civic clubs, professional groups or other interested groups, Hackett said. The program can be scheduled by contacting Hackett at (405) 714-1002 for more information.