Driver Safety Course

Posted: August 20, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. Some drivers age 50+ 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. 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. In addition, you'll 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
 Proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes, and 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. You may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your agent for details. You might also be eligible to receive a discount on roadside assistance plans. Courses can be taken locally or online. To locate one to your liking go to your search engine and enter ‘Driver Safety Course’. One such course is offered by AARP to both members and nonmembers. It is available in classroom and online settings. Go to http://www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchDspLocations.action and enter your zip code to find the closest classroom location. Course times, dates and locations will be listed along with a phone number to call to register. Or call 888-227-7669. To register for the online course, visit aarpdriversafety.org.. Costs vary by provider. AARP charges $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members for classroom course. The cost for their online course is $15.95 for AARP members and $19.95 for non-members except in New York which is a little higher to cover state fees. After attending the course you’ll receive a certificate of completion that can be presented to your insurance agent for a possible reduction in your auto insurance premiums. [Source: AARP article 1 Jan 2012 ++]

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