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Driver Safety Courses Not Just for Teens

PHOTO: Today's high-tech vehicles offer many enhanced features like navigation systems and back-up cameras, and safety experts encourage older Missourians to take a refresher course to make sure they know how to use the tools properly. Photo credit: Chrissie Klinger/Morguefile.
PHOTO: Today's high-tech vehicles offer many enhanced features like navigation systems and back-up cameras, and safety experts encourage older Missourians to take a refresher course to make sure they know how to use the tools properly. Photo credit: Chrissie Klinger/Morguefile.
October 7, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - While many Missourians think of "driver's ed" as something for teenagers, experts say a refresher course makes good safety and financial sense for those who have had their driver's licenses for several decades.

Mary Tillman, state coordinator of the AARP Missouri Driver Safety Program, says driving a car today simply isn't the same experience it was when many older Missourians first got behind the wheel.

"Not only have the roads changed, but our cars have changed, and we have changed," says Tillman. "The technology in our cars and trucks is so much more advanced than when we learned."

In honor of Drive Safely Work Week, AARP Missouri is offering members and non-members alike a 30 percent discount on its online Driver Safety course. The promotion runs through Sunday and is available by entering the code "DSWW30" at the website's checkout page.

Tillman says brushing up on driving skills is first and foremost about saving lives by preventing accidents. But she says it can also save drivers money.

"We've found that in a lot of cases, your personal insurance agent may be willing to give you a discount because you have taken a defensive-driving course," she says.

Tillman adds that a classroom option is also available, and the group welcomes volunteers interested in becoming certified to teach the course. Details and registration materials are available at www.aarpdriversafety.org.

Since it was first launched by AARP in 1979, 13 million drivers age 50 and older have completed the AARP Driver Safety program.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MO