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Driving Safely and Saving Money – What’s not to like?

Pretend you are on Jeopardy and picked this answer: Three seconds. What would be the question? If you asked, “What is the length of time needed so that you are not too close to the car in front of you?”, then you would be correct.

This is one example of the types of information you would learn to improve your driving skills in the AARP Driver Safety Program.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest driver safety course designed especially for drivers age 50 and older to help people live more independently as they age. Although the course is geared toward drivers 50 and older, it can be taken by licensed drivers of all ages. Since the program’s inception in 1979, over 12 million participants have completed the AARP course.

The AARP Driver Safety Program course is available in a classroom or online setting. The eight hour course covers topics such as defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road. Course participants will also learn how to operate their vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment, as well as how to make adjustments to accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time.

One of AARP-SC’s legislative priorities is to reduce the number of actual classroom instruction time from eight hours to six. This will allow more people to take the course and become safer drivers. House bill 3332, which passed the House and is being considered by the Senate, does just that. Find a status update online.

It also allows for a four hour refresher course every three years. Right now, if you want to maintain your auto insurance premium credit, you must take the full eight hour course again.

Previously, our driver safety program only allowed those 55 and older to “earn” a credit on their auto insurance premium after completing the course. Now anyone who is 25 or older can be eligible for the credit, based on some changes in the SC Department of Insurance regulations. However, the course is geared towards older drivers, with specific information such as how to compensate for the loss of some peripheral vision as we age. All these hours are provided in the classroom setting. The classroom course costs just $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.

Find a Driver Safety course offering near you, volunteer, or call 1-888-227-7669 (AARP-NOW).

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