AARP to offer driver safety course

Jul 12, 2012

An AARP Driver Safety program, presented through a partnership between AARP and Reynolds House/Volunteers of America, Northern New England, will take place Friday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Edwards J. Reynolds House, 33 Booth Dr., off Congress Street in Belfast.

AARP Driver Safety instructor Paul Sheridan’s will present the course. There is a half-hour scheduled for your brown bag lunch.

Teachers and school personnel, past and current, active or retired, can take the course for just $5. The definition of school personnel is anyone who is, or has been, involved in education: parents who home-school, bus drivers, custodians, classroom assistants, technicians, teachers, professors, even the university chancellor.

Participants will learn how to best adjust your side view mirrors to eliminate blind spots, as well as the three-second rule, and, important here in Maine, when that should become a 4-, 5- or 6-second rule? The main thrust of the course is about giving oneself every possible advantage now, and to be able to continue to drive safely for as long as possible.

Participants will be encouraged to look at their driving habits, and, while reinforcing the good ones, consider new habits, and increase awareness of changes in the roads, cars and themselves. There is no exam, all work is in the classroom.

Those attending will learn defensive driving techniques and strategies, review new traffic laws, rules of the road and more in the course. They will discover how to adjust driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time through an interactive discussion about the changing technology on newer vehicles and the warning signs that suggest it’s time to give up the keys.

Best of all, in Maine drivers 55 years or older who successfully complete the AARP course are eligible for a car insurance discount, good for three years.

Course seating is limited; there is a $14 fee, with a $2 discount for AARP members — or $5 for those eligible for the education discount; advance registration is required. Call Paul Sheridan at 338-0350 to reserve a seat and for directions.

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