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Keep Loved Ones Safe on the Roads this Season

The season for inclement weather is upon us, and many of New Jersey’s roads will become extremely dangerous in the weeks and months ahead. Holiday driving can be especially treacherous with more drivers taking to the roads to do holiday shopping 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.

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) online 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.    

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.

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.

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.

Register for a classroom course, and find locations near you or register for the online-only course.

Would you like to be trained to teach a driver safety course as an instructor?

Find more information about becoming an instructor or call 1-888-227-7669.

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