Approximately 9,000 AARP volunteer nationwide currently instruct, administer, and promote the AARP Foundation Driver Safety program in local communities. However, Missouri needs more volunteers to help make our roads and highways safe.
Since 1979, Driver Safety has helped over 13 million drivers learn safety strategies and adapt to physical and cognitive changes related to aging. The course teaches valuable defensive driving skills and provides a refresher of the rules of the road.
Last year, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association selected the Driver Safety program to receive a Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award for “its commitment to making our nation’s roads safer while extending the independence of older drivers.”
“The Driver Safety course covers topics such as defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws, and rules of the road,” said Betty Hutson, Driver Safety state coordinator for AARP Missouri. “Participants learn how to operate their vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. They also learn how to make adjustments to accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time,” she said.
Hutson outlined what is gained by being a volunteer for the program:
- Knowledge that you’re contributing to the health, safety, and well-being of yourself and others
- Increased self-esteem by giving back to your community and keeping the roads safe for all
- The appreciation of the people you help
- The opportunity to learn new skills
- A new social network of AARP Driver Safety participants and other volunteers
All volunteer instructors receive training and materials, as well as a stipend for teaching the course. Volunteer for the Driver Safety program online, or call 888-227-7667.
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