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

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 16.

The class has been revised to a four-hour session that includes the latest research-based safety strategies. Registration is at 12:30 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 Senior Center has sponsored an AARP Driver Safety Class in Salisbury every year since 1991.

The 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 course since 1979. The class is open for all age groups.

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 much more.

The objectives of the 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 we face; reduce the chances of having a crash by reviewing basic driving rules, traffic hazards and accident prevention measures; update our 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 Senior Center starting at 1 p.m. The local chapter offers members a variety of community service, education, advocacy and leadership, and fellowship opportunities. Senior citizens over the age of 50 are encouraged to attend the informative meetings and join the local chapter.

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