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AARP driver safety class offered at Rufty-Holmes

SALISBURY — An AARP Driver Safety Program refresher class will be held at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., on Wednesday, May 14. The class has been revised in 2014 to a four-hour session that includes the latest research based safety strategies.
Registration is at 12:30 p.m. and instruction from 12:30 to 5 p.m.. Class size is limited, so reservations can be made by calling 704-216-7714.
The fee is $15 for AARP members. The member must bring the membership card to the class. If the card is lost, a new card can be obtained by calling the AARP national office at 1-888-227-7669 (1-888-AARP NOW). The membership number is also on the AARP magazine. The fee is $20 for non-members. The fee covers the cost of the workbook and materials. Participants must also bring their driver’s license.
Rufty-Holmes has sponsored an AARP Driver Safety Class in Salisbury every year since 1991. The senior center received a 20-year recognition award by AARP earlier for their years of supporting and hosting the senior driver safety program.
The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom driver refresher course specially designed for motorists age 50 and older. AARP volunteers have been teaching the Driver Safety course since 1979.
The course will provide a review of driving skills and techniques, as well as strategies and tips to help seniors adjust to normal age related physical changes that affect driving ability. The workbook contains 40 pages of safety tips and more.
The objectives of the Driver Safety Program are to help participants understand the effects of aging on driving by getting them to know themselves, learn driving strategies that take into account the changes people experience as they age; identify the most common crash situations; reduce the chances of having a crash by reviewing basic driving rules, traffic hazards and accident prevention measures; update the knowledge and understanding of today’s roads, vehicles and other road users; plan and think about how we drive; the effects of medication on driving; identify when driving may no longer be safe.
Upon completing the course, graduates of the program may be eligible to receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums.
The local AARP chapter meets the first Thursday of each month at Rufty-Holmes starting at 1p.m. The local chapter offers a variety of community service, education, advocacy and leadership, and fellowship opportunities. Senior citizens over the age of 50 are encouraged to attend the meetings and join the local chapter.

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