AARP hosts driving class for seniors

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

At 90 years of age, Foster Robinson listened attentively to Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency Driver Safety instructor, Glenn Woods’ advice on observing your surroundings when you are behind the wheel.

“You don’t want to develop tunnel vision when you drive,” he said. “You want to keep moving your eyes back and forth.”

A 30-year veteran of law enforcement, Woods praised the refresher course. “It’s very beneficial,” he said. “It gives people the opportunity to keep driving safely.”

Tri-County Community Action Agency site director Kelly Dockter said 20 Henry County residents signed up for the AARP Driver Safety Program held last week at the Henry County Senior Life Enrichment Center.

She said enrollment for the class was at maximum capacity and several more wanted to participate. “I actually had to turn some people away,” she said.

The course is offered annualy to residents over the age of 50 who wish to brush up on driving skills and maybe save a little money on their car insurance. Dockter said that although the class is geared to seniors, the course is open to all.

AARP’s website said participants:

1. Tune up driving skills and update knowledge of the rules of the road.

2. Learn about normal age-related physical changes, and how to adjust driving to allow for these changes.

3. Reduce traffic violations, crashes, and chances for injuries.

4. Drive more safely.

5. Get an insurance discount. Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multiyear discount to AARP graduates.

6. AARP members receive discounts on the AARP Motoring Plan from GE Motor Club.

Some driving aspects highlighted were new rules of the road, coping with a more complex driving environment, and adjusting to physical age-related changes.

Woods said the course also helps older drivers make decisions about future driving. “It allows them the independence to make the call,” he said, “to adjust or even stop driving.”

The course also is offered on-line on the AARP website. For more information visit aarp.com.


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