Fall is the perfect time for motorists age 50 and older to sharpen their driving skills by updating their driving knowledge and learning defensive driving techniques by participating in the AARP Driver Safety program, presented through a partnership between AARP and Reynolds House/Volunteers of America, Northern New England.

AARP Driver Safety instructor Paul Sheridan’s next workshop will take place Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Edwards J. Reynolds House, 33 Booth Drive, off Congress Street and Route 1 in Belfast.

How are side view mirrors adjusted to best eliminate blind spots? What is the three-second rule, and important here in Maine, when should that become a 4-, 5- or a 6-second rule?

The main thrust of the course is about giving yourself every possible advantage, now and as you age, to be able to continue to drive safely for as long as you can. Participants will be encouraged to look at their driving habits 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 done in the classroom. Those attending will learn defensive driving techniques and strategies, traffic laws, rules of the road and more in the four-hour 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; advanced registration is required. Call Paul Sheridan at 338-0350 to reserve a seat and for directions.