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Fall is Here: Tune up Your Driving Skills Before Winter

The season for increased travel is upon us as many Mainers start taking advantage of the pleasant weather by planning more road trips and leaf peeking excursions. Driving can be especially dangerous with more drivers taking to the roads to take longer trips or visit with friends and family. Perhaps now more than ever it is important to think of those loved ones who may have more trouble than others navigating our roads safely.

AARP also offers a convenient way for older citizens to take proactive steps towards improving their driving knowledge and skills. For over twenty years AARP has taught a driver safety course geared towards older citizens but open to anyone interested. The course is offered in classroom settings as well as online. The class offers tips designed to help 50+ drivers, as well as anyone else who feels they need to brush up on their driving skills.

The classroom course is just $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. The cost for the online course is $15.95 for AARP members and $19.95 for nonmembers.

Topics include:

  • Managing blind spots and lane-changing tactics
  • Tips to avoid tailgating practices
  • Proper use of new technology in cars, such as anti-lock brakes and air bag safety
  • The effects of taking medication and operating a vehicle
  • Examination of cell phone use, eating as well as other distractions while driving

Would you like to be trained to teach a driver safety course as an instructor? Visit us online for more information about becoming an instructor or call 1-888-227-7669.

Sometimes, family members might notice that certain loved ones are having trouble driving. There are several approaches adult children can consider when helping their loved ones stay safe on the road. For example, drivers can begin to adjust their driving patterns to certain times of day, to more familiar routes and to safer weather conditions. Families can also urge their loved ones to speak with a doctor about the effects their medications and overall health may be having on their ability to drive.

No matter the situation, We Need to Talk (WNTT) helps adult children better understand how to speak with their parents about driver safety and how to approach the topic of making the decision to hand over the car keys. WNTT can also help adult children become aware of certain warning signs that it may be time to suggest some alternative methods of transportation.

Recommitting to driver safety is a great way to start your autumn and winter.

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