Fayette Senior Services sponsors driver safety program

Tue, 03/25/2008 - 2:30pm
By: The Citizen

Fayette Senior Services will sponsor AARP’s 55 Alive Driver Safety Program classes on Tuesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their new life enrichment center located at 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville (across from the Fayette County Justice Center).

The AARP Driver Safety Program is an 8-hour classroom refresher that can help you learn the effects of aging on driving and how you can adjust your driving. Classes are taught in two, four-hour sessions spanning the two days. The cost is $10 and covers the Driver Safety Program Certificate and all class materials.

“There are five very good reasons for drivers who are age 50 and better to take advantage of the Driver Safety Program,” said Fayette Senior Services program manager Susan Landais. Participants can:

1. Learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws, rules of the road and much more in this 8-hour course.

2. Find out how to adjust your driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.

3. Get an insurance discount from auto insurance companies who operate in the state of Georgia.

4. Relax. There are no tests.

5. Find out why millions of people over 50 have taken advantage of this valuable course.

Course instructor, Col. John A. Milani stated, “I have driven over three million miles as a commercial driver. Even with that record behind me, I have to keep an open mind and learn new things. The Driver Safety Program taught me a lot about normal age related changes that I didn’t realize. I know I’m a better driver for it.” Milani also emphasizes that participants will learn critical safety information such as:

• How to compensate for changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time;

• How to handle problem situations such as left turns, right-of-way, freeway traffic, trucks, and blind spots;

• What to do if confronted by an aggressive driver;

• When to use a car phone;

• How medications may affect driving;

• How to properly use anti-lock brakes, air bags, and safety belts; and

• How to assess one’s own and others’ abilities via a “Personal Driving Capability Index.”

To register for the course, contact Fayette Senior Services at 770-461-0813 or visit www.fayss.org for more information.

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