The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation's first and largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older that has helped millions of drivers remain safe on today's roads. AARP has offered the course in the classroom for 25 years and now offers the same course online. It is designed to help you:
- Tune up your driving skills and update your knowledge of the rules of the road.
- Learn about normal age-related physical changes, and how to adjust your driving to allow for these changes.
- Reduce your traffic violations, crashes, and chances for injuries.
- Drive more safely.
- Get an insurance discount. Auto insurance companies in most states provide a multiyear discount to AARP graduates. Find more details.
- Receive discounts on the AARP Motoring Plan from GE Motor Club.
What you will learn
You can expect to learn about current rules of the road, how to operate your vehicle more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment, and some adjustments to common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. You will learn about:
- maintaining proper following distance at all times,
- the safest way to change lanes and make turns at intersections,
- the effects of medications on driving,
- minimizing the effect of dangerous blind spots,
- limiting driver distractions such as eating, smoking and cell phone use,
- properly using safety belts, air bags, and anti-lock brakes,
- maintaining physical flexibility,
- continuing to monitor your own and others' driving skills and capabilities.
After completing the course, you'll develop a greater appreciation of driving challenges and how you can avoid potential collisions and injuries to yourself and others. Interested? Learn more about the course structure.
Though geared for drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to people of any age.
AARP membership is not required to take the course and there is no final test to pass.
About the classroom course
The course is taught by AARP-trained volunteers.
Most courses are taught in two 4-hour sessions; some one-day courses and weekend courses are also held.
Courses are also available in Spanish in certain locations.
You must contact the course location or the instructor to pre-register for the course.
The course fee is $10.
About the online course
Same valuable information and strategies for safe driving.
Self-paced and interactive.
Round-the-clock customer support available by phone and email while you take the course.
30-day timeframe in which to complete the course.
Simple online registration.
Convenient and secure payment transaction via credit card.
Certificate mailed directly to your home when you complete the course.
The course fee is only $15.95 for AARP members and $19.95 for non-members.
The AARP Driver Safety Online Course is the nation's first and largest driver refresher course. Millions of motorists around the country have taken the program since its inception in 1979. With AARP's online course, you can complete the course at your own pace, whenever it is convenient for you, using state-of-the-art technology. Upon completion of the course, you may qualify for an automobile insurance discount mandated by your state or a voluntary discount given by your insurance company. In some states, separate rules may apply to online driver improvement courses. For applicability in your particular situation, please consult your insurance agent.
As the AARP driving classes are scheduled, they will be announced in the Roundup.
Rim Country residents interested in more information about AARP programs, special discounts and services, can go online at aarp.com for details and how to get in touch with local representatives of the organization.
Information is also available at the Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle program and at the Payson Senior Citizens Center.