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A new 4-hour AARP driver safety class offered for senior citizens

An AARP driver safety refresher class will be held at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., on May 17.

The class has been revised into a four-hour session that will include research-based safety strategies.

Registration is at 12:30 p.m. The class is from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

The class size is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 704-216-7714.

The fee is $15 for AARP members, who must bring a membership card to the class. A new card can be obtained by calling the AARP national office at 888-227-7669. The membership number is also in the AARP magazine.

The fee is $20 for nonmembers.

The fee covers the cost of the workbook and materials.

Participants must also bring their driver’s licenses.

The Rufty-Holmes Senior Center has sponsored an AARP driver safety class in Salisbury every year since 1991.

The AARP program is the nation’s first and largest classroom driver refresher course designed for drivers age 50 and older.

The class is open for all age groups.

The course will provide a review of driving skills as well as strategies to help seniors adjust to age-related physical changes that affect driving ability. The workbook has 40 pages of safety tips and more.

Other topics covered in the class include common crash situations; traffic hazards and accident prevention measures; modern roads and vehicles; the effects of medication on driving; and identifying when driving may no longer be safe.

Graduates of the course may be eligible for a discount on auto insurance.

The local AARP chapter meets at 1 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. The chapter offers members a variety of community service, education, advocacy, leadership and fellowship opportunities. Anyone age 50 or older is encouraged to attend.

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