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New AARP driver safety refresher class offered for senior citizens

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SALISBURY — An AARP Driver Safety Program refresher class will be held at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.  on Wednesday.

The class has been revised into 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; reservations can be made by calling 704-216-7714.

The fee is $15 for AARP members who bring their card to the class. Lost cards can be replaced by calling the AARP national office at 888-227-7669.

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 class in Salisbury every year since 1991.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest classroom driver refresher course designed for motorists ages 50 and older. AARP volunteers have been teaching the course since 1979. The class is open for all ages.

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

The objectives of the AARP 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 knowledge and understanding of today’s roads and vehicles; and know the effects of medication on driving and identify when driving may no longer be safe.

Upon completing the course, drivers may be eligible for a discount on their auto insurance premiums.

The local AARP chapter meets at 1 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. The local chapter offers members a variety of community service, education, advocacy and fellowship opportunities.

People age 50 and older are encouraged to join the local chapter.

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