Older Columbia County residents will soon have an opportunity to refresh their driving skills and possibly save money on car insurance.
AARP is holding a series of driver's safety courses in Columbia County to improve the safety of drivers ages 50 and older.
The course will provide what instructor Thomas H. Vanderhoof calls an "eight-hour classroom refresher." The cost is $10 and the courses will be held six times at two locations:
- Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Patriot's Park
- Sept. 8 and 16 from 1 to 5 p.m at the Columbia County Library in Evans
- Sept. 15-16 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Patriot's Park.
Vanderhoof said the course is an enlightening experience.
"(Students) want to get a better (driver) education," Vanderhoof said.
"It opens their eyes up of how they change when they get old."
In the six courses, the material will be identical and taught from a book by AARP, Vanderhoof said. The only difference in the individual courses will be different teaching styles of individual instructors.
Each session is limited to 35 students.
According to AARP's Web site, although drivers older than 65 have fewer traffic accidents per driver, they are involved in more crashes per mile of driving. The organization also says that by 2030, the population of people older than 65 is expected to double, and more than a quarter of U.S. drivers will be in that age group.
Drivers who complete the AARP course and join the organization can be eligible for car insurance discounts of 5 to 15 percent, according to AARP.
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