Safe driving class for adults 50-plus on Monday

Published 2:00 am Sunday, March 19, 2017

The last time most older adults read up on the rules of the road was when they were 16 and trying to get a permit or driver’s license.

If you’re more than 50 years, that’s a pretty long time ago.

To help keep older adults’ safe, independent and confident drivers, the Lafayette County RSVP/TRIAD will host an AARP Safe Driving Course for adults Monday morning at the Oxford Activity Center.

Email newsletter signup

“We try to host them about three times a year,” said RSVP Director Arledia Bennett.

The cost for the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. Class begins at 8:30 a.m. and RSVP/TRIAD volunteers provide breakfast. The course is four hours long.

AARP Driver Safety first launched in 1979, according to the AARP website. The driving refresher course will cover rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. Other topics may include learning to manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time; the effects of medication on driving, distracted driving, proper use of seat belts, airbags, antilock brakes and new technology found in today’s vehicles.

Other than learning valuable and possibly life-saving information, participants may qualify for a break on their auto insurance for taking the course.

The next AARP Safe Driving Course in Oxford will be held in June.

For more information, call RSVP at 662-232-2377.