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AARP Driver Safety Program

Posted on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 1:06 am

AARP Driver Safety consists of several programs including our Smart Driver course available in the classroom and online, CarFit, and We Need to Talk all of which are available to be implemented by community organizations across the country.
Trained volunteers instruct the AARP Smart Driver classroom course, our preeminent national older driver safety program, serving the 50+ population for more than 30 years. The course enables drivers to refresh their driving skills and understand how to adjust to age-related challenges. The course is usually presented to a group of 15 to 35 participants in a four-hour, six-hour, or eight-hour classroom format, over one or two days.
All that is needed to host an AARP Smart Driver Course in your community is a room with tables or desks that will accommodate the participants and a VCR or DVD player with a TV monitor. There is no direct charge for community organizations to host the course.
We hope you will join us in promoting driver safety and helping older drivers maintain their mobility and independence in your community. Your local instructor can answer questions you might have after reviewing this information.
The AARP National Office produces materials such as posters, brochures, and bookmarks that are available to help you promote AARP Driver Safety.
The course: Participants receive a comprehensive course workbook, which provides a thorough review of the “rules of the road” with an emphasis on safety strategies for older drivers. The course also covers normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging, and provides practical techniques to adjust for these changes.
Auto insurance discounts: Legislation in most states and the District of Columbia require all automobile insurance companies conducting business in those states to offer a premium discount to people who have completed a state-approved driver improvement course. In states where premium discounts are not mandated, several insurance companies voluntarily provide discounts to participants completing the AARP Driver Safety Course. Participants should contact their insurance company or agent for more details.
To host the AARP Driver Safety program, call 1-888-227-7669 and leave a message, or email drive@aarp.org. You can also fill out an online host interest form at www.aarp.org/driversafetyhost.
To learn more about the AARP Driver Safety programs, visit www.aarp.org/drive.