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Distracted Driving Awareness Month: It's for All Ages

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and AARP Wyoming says the safety messages aren't just for drivers in the younger generation. Credit: Pexels.com
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and AARP Wyoming says the safety messages aren't just for drivers in the younger generation. Credit: Pexels.com
April 14, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and messages about distracted driving are not just intended for kids.

With changes in car and truck technologies, as well as the rules of road, AARP Wyoming recognizes that hazards can exist for drivers beyond a cellphone.

Jackie Martin, chief trainer for the AARP Smart Driver Course in Wyoming, says their classes are a refresher designed for those who consider themselves to be safe on the road.

"Of course you're good drivers, but now we're going to make you smart drivers," she says. "We're going to give you little, specific things to think about. We'll remind you of the three-second following rule, and to have the headlamps cleaned off."

Another factor for driving safely can be medications, as some can cause dizziness.

According to Martin, there are 41 AARP driver safety instructors around Wyoming, and online classes are available for those who can't attend sessions in person.

Martin adds that AARP classes are for all ages, and classmates benefit from a mix of demographics.

"Absolutely anyone who has a driver's license can take the course," she says. "I even had a couple of kids who had finished their driver education course through school. They can take the course."

Some participants who complete the course may qualify for certain automobile insurance discounts. Martin advises motorists to speak with their insurance agent for details.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY