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Brush Up on Your Driving Skills

In just a few short decades, nearly everything about driving has changed.

Cars and trucks are bigger, faster and more powerful. Streets and highways are more congested. Traffic laws and signs are updated. New technology, like GPS navigational systems and cell phones, can lead to new distractions. Even such advances as antilock brakes, front-wheel drive and airbags require new driver responses.

Helping millions, for more than 30 years

Those realities can be challenging for many motorists, especially as they encounter age-related changes in vision, hearing and response times. Fortunately, AARP’s Driver Safety Program can help drivers keep pace with the times. Since its inception in 1979, the program has helped millions of drivers refresh their skills.

“Driving has changed over the years - there are more distractions, more traffic, faster traffic,” notes Mary Ann St. Clair, a veteran AARP Driver Safety Program volunteer instructor. “The course helps people think about how they drive – and how to drive more safely on today’s roads.”

Learn at home, or in a classroom

The four-hour course is available both online and at locations throughout Massachusetts. All classroom courses are taught by trained AARP volunteers. Whether in a group setting or at home, you will learn:

  • Current traffic laws
  • The safest ways to change lanes and turn at intersections
  • How to maintain proper following distance
  • How to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots
  • Proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes, and new technologies used in cars
  • How to adjust to common, age-related physical changes
  • 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

How Can I Sign Up?

Locate a classroom course near you. Times, dates and locations will be listed along with a phone number to call to register for the course. Or call toll-free, 1-888-AARP-NOW (1-888-227-7669). Or register for the online course.

Although geared to drivers age 50 and older, the AARP Driver Safety Program is open to all ages, and AARP membership is not required. The classroom course costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. The cost for the online course is $15.95 for AARP members and $19.95 for nonmembers.

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