By Ashley Lucas, The Heritage at Lowman

Join us Tuesday, June 27th from 9:00am – 1pm for the AARP Safety Driving Program.

Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads you travel every day. Some drivers age 50-plus have never looked back since they got their first driver’s license, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from refreshing their driving skills. By taking a driver refresher course you’ll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. You’ll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. In addition, you’ll learn:

Research-based safety strategies that can reduce the likelihood of having a crash
Proper use of seat belts, air bags, antilock brakes and new technology found in cars today
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 using a cellphone

After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and a better understanding of how to avoid potential collisions and injuring yourself or others. Over nine in 10 course participants report changing at least one key driving behavior for the better as a result of what they learned in the course and over eight in ten participants felt that information they learned in the course has prevented them from being in a crash. Plus, you may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details!

To get more information or to sign up for the class call Mary Thayer at 803.451.7420. The course is $15/AARP member or $20/non-members. You can pay by cash or check the day of. There will be a short break for lunch.

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