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2004 AARP Driver Safety Program Volunteer and Graduate Survey Report

AARP Member Opinion Research

For 25 years, the AARP Driver Safety Program (DSP), the nation's first and largest classroom refresher course for age 50+ drivers, has been helping millions of midlife and older drivers travel safely on today's roads.

This study was conducted in Spring 2004 to evaluate the AARP DSP course content and training materials, offer suggestions for future courses, and measure the impact of the courses on driving behaviors. The study findings are based on the mail surveys of 3,464 drivers who graduated from the DSP course and 3,181 volunteers who taught the course.

Of the graduates responding to the survey...

  • 73 percent had high levels of satisfaction with the DSP course
  • 77 percent were likely to take the course again in the future
  • 94 percent would recommend it to friends or relatives
  • 92 percent reported changing at least one driving behavior as a result of taking the course
  • 63 percent felt that the information learned helped them prevent being involved in a traffic incident

The volunteer survey asked instructors to evaluate each section of the driver safety manual in terms of four objectives (ease of presentation of the course materials, level of detail, clarity of information, and level of student interest), included questions that asked for suggestions about each section, and about administrative issues.

The volunteer survey was conducted in April 2004 and the graduate survey in May 2004. Further information about the survey may be obtained by contacting Gail Kutner of AARP Knowledge Management at 202-434-6325. (64 pages)

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