Should you take a driver safety course?
One reason to say "yes" is that you can receive discounts on your auto insurance.
AARP's driver safety course for those 55 and older will be offered Wednesday and Thursday, July 24-25, at Takoma Regional Hospital.
"Participants will learn current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate their vehicles more safely," said Tina Chudina, Takoma's community relations specialist.
"Everyone can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills from time to time, especially if it has been a while since they have obtained their license."
Reservations are required for the two-day class, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the hospital's Everett and Carolyn Coolidge Volunteer Conference Center.
A complimentary lunch will be provided each day by Takoma.
The course will be taught by Vandy Nachazel, an AARP volunteer certified teacher, who lives in Greeneville.
Among the topics to be covered, the class will also teach:
* how to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots;
* the safest ways to change lanes and make turns in busy intersections;
* the effects of medications on driving, and
* how to manage common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.
There are no tests, but participants must attend both days to receive credit, Chudina said.
Cost for the course is $14.
Checks should be made payable to AARP and are due on the first day of class. AARP members with valid membership cards can participate for only $12.
If cards are missing, membership numbers can be obtained by calling 1-888-687-2277.
To register, or to obtain more information, please contact Chudina at 798-8110.