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AARP driver safety course to be offered

July 4, 2012
The Daily News

FLORENCE, Wis. - The Florence County Aging Resource Department is celebrating educators and other school personnel this summer with the AARP Driver Safety Educator Appreciation event.

This course, which is designed for drivers age 50 and over, will be offered for $5 in July, saving up to $9 off the normal course price.

The course will be held on Tuesday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Florence Natural Resource Center, in the lower level conference room. Course materials cost $5 for educators and school staff, $12 for AARP members, and $14 for all others. The course incorporates four hours of learning.

There will be a break from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for lunch. Lunch will be available to purchase for $6.50 from the senior dining center in Florence ($3.50 if you are 60 years of age or older).

Persons who question if they should take a driver safety course should consider these things: cars have changed, and so have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day.

"Some drivers age 50 plus have never looked back since they got their first driver's licenses, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills." said a spokesperson. "By taking a driver safety course you'll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment."

"You'll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time," she adds.

In addition they will also learn:

- How to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots;

- How to maintain the proper following distance behind another car;

- The safest ways to change lanes and make turns at busy intersections, including the new "round-a-bouts;"

- Proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes, and information about new technologies used in cars Ways to monitor your own and others' driving skills and capabilities;

- The effects of medications on driving;

- The importance of eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking, and cell-phone use .

After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and of how you can avoid potential collisions and injuries to yourself and others. An added bonus - some auto insurance companies offer driver discounts for taking the course. There is no test, however your active participation enriches your learning experience.

The course is open to licensed drivers in Wisconsin and Michigan. Call by Wednesday, July 18 to reserve a space in the class and materials can be ordered.

The instructor may be reached at (715) 336-2744, or participants may phone the Florence County Aging Resource Department at (715) 528-4890.



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