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Summertime “Perfect” for Updating NY Driving Skills

June 4, 2012

NEW YORK - Educators across New York have the chance to sharpen their driving skills this summer at a discounted rate thanks to AARP. Will Stoner, state director for livable communities with AARP New York, says his group has helped more than 14 million drivers do it, and this summer he is giving a discount to reward local educators.

Stoner says everybody, from current teachers to retired professors and cafeteria workers, qualifies for a special $5-dollar rate.

"The timing couldn't be more perfect for educators, because they're out of school. We know that if they go in and take these safety courses, they're going to start the fall season with some sharper skills."

Stoner has taken the course himself and says New Yorkers of any age can benefit from a driver-safety update. State law requires insurance companies to give most drivers who complete the course a 10-percent discount on their liability insurance for three years.

Stoner says whether someone is a teacher near retirement age or just an older New Yorker, a big reason AARP got involved in driver safety was to help assure their independence.

"We want our older drivers to be able remain independent, in their homes, for as long as possible. One way to do that is to make sure they can get around their community - because once they lose their ability to drive, they become more isolated."

Stoner says people don't need a car to take the course, and there are thousands of classrooms across the state. Last year, 700 AARP-trained volunteers helped more than 100,000 New Yorkers become safer drivers.

Information on course locations is available on the Internet at www.AARP.org or by calling 888-AARP-NOW.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY