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AARP driver safety class offered to senior citizens

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

The class has been revised 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; reservations can be made at 704-216-7714.

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

The fee is $20 for nonmembers.

The fee covers a workbook and materials.

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

The program is the nation’s first and largest classroom driver refresher course designed for driver 50 and older. AARP volunteers have been teaching the course since 1979. The class is open to 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 age-related physical changes that affect driving ability. The workbook contains 40 pages of safety tips and more.

The objectives of the AARP Driver Safety Program are to help participants understand the effects of aging on driving by teaching driving strategies that take into account the changes people experience as they age; identifying the most common crash situations drivers face; reducing the chances of having a crash by reviewing basic driving rules, traffic hazards and accident prevention measures; updating knowledge and understanding of modern roads, vehicles and other drivers; planning and thinking about how to drive; understanding the effects of medication on driving; and identifying when driving may no longer be safe.

Graduates may be eligible to receive a discount on auto insurance.

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

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