AARP has been involved in driver-improvement education since 1969, when AARP volunteers began teaching the Defensive Driving Course (DDC) of the National Safety Council. Between 1969 and 1979, more than 400,000 people completed the course.
The only concern was that the DDC program was designed for all drivers age 16 and older. AARP was convinced that older drivers should have a training program of their own, so in 1979, we created one: AARP Driver Safety (then called "55 ALIVE"). "55 ALIVE" continued to teach defensive driving techniques but added information on age-related cognitive and physical changes that affect drivers, and taught participants how to adapt their driving to accommodate these changes.
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