AARP Driver Safety refresher class set Wednesday

Published 11:34 am Monday, May 14, 2018

SALISBURY — An AARP driver safety refresher class will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

The class has been revised to a four-hour session that includes the latest research-based safety strategies.

Class size is limited; reservations can be made by calling 704-216-7714.

Registration is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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

The fee is $20 for nonmembers. The fee covers a workbook and materials.

Participants must also bring their driver’s licenses.

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center has sponsored an AARP driver safety class each year since 1991.

The program is the nation’s first and largest classroom driver refresher course designed for drivers age 50 and older. AARP volunteers have taught the course since 1979.

The class is open to all age groups.

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

The objectives of the program are to help participants:

• Understand the effects of aging on driving.

• Learn driving strategies that take into account the changes people experience as they age.

• Identify the most common crash situations drivers face.

• Reduce the chances of having a crash by reviewing basic driving rules, traffic hazards and accident prevention measures.

• Update knowledge and understanding of roads, vehicles and other road users.

• Know the effects of medication on driving.

• Identify when driving may no longer be safe.

Upon completing the course, graduates may be eligible to receive a discount on 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 leadership services as well as fellowship opportunities.

Anyone over 50 is encouraged to join the local chapter.