By: Chris Brunner
You may be an good driver, but everyday you may have to deal with inexperienced, impatient and even dangerous drivers.
The AARP is providing a class open to drivers of all ages to review the current rules of the road, learn defensive driving techniques, and how to operate a vehicle more safely. Participants will learn how to manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.
In addition, participants will learn:
· How to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots
· How to maintain the proper following distance behind another car
· The safest ways to change lanes and make turns at busy intersections
· Proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes, and new technologies used in cars
· 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
This class, provided by AARP, is open to drivers of all ages and is set for Wednesday, February 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classes are also available March 21, April 22, May 23 and June 24.
Course costs $15 for AARP members or $20 for non-members. Participants who successfully complete the course will be provided with a certificate for their auto insurance agency. Most agencies will allow for a discount on auto insurance premiums for up to three years.
Participants must register in advance. Please note that lunch will not be provided. The class will be held at the Coral Springs Public Safety Building, 2801 Coral Springs Drive. For more information, call 954-346-1393 or visit www.CoralSprings.org/aarp.
- Chris has been a contributing writer at Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk since high school. He is a resident of Coral Springs and is currently attending college.
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