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Stratford Library To Offer AARP Driver Safety Program

AARP and the Stratford Library will host a safe driving class for seniors Nov. 17 at the library.
AARP and the Stratford Library will host a safe driving class for seniors Nov. 17 at the library. Photo Credit: AARP.org

STRATFORD, Conn -- Brushing up on your driving skills is always a good thing, especially as we age.

Seniors can do just that when the Stratford Library, in conjunction with AARP, offers a safe driving program from 1-5 p.m.Tuesday in the library’s board room on the lower level.

The class, “AARP Driver Safety Program,” is a classroom driver re-training program designed to help older residents improve their driving skills.

Developed by AARP, the program is the first comprehensive driver re-training course geared to the specific needs of older motorists. The course material covers the effects of aging and medications on driving, basic driving rules, license renewal, local traffic hazards, adverse road conditions, energy saving and accident prevention measures. No written, physical or driving tests are given.

Research shows older drivers are involved in more accidents than their middle-aged counterparts when the record is based on actual miles driven. The physical changes of aging create difficulties for many older drivers when yielding the right-of-way, backing, turning, changing lanes and entering/leaving expressways. However, research also indicates older persons can improve their driving abilities through additional training, attention and practice, enabling them to maintain their driving licenses longer while driving safer.

Residents 50 years of age or older are eligible to participate in the library program and will receive a certificate of completion at the end of instruction. The course is limited to 15 participants; cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling Michael Klein at 203-929- 4851.

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