AARP driver safety program was held at the Community Center

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Marty Karasick, instructor with AARP instructing the safe driving course at the Parsippany Community Center
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A few dozen seniors participated in the safe driving course

The AARP driver safety program was held on Tuesday, August 12 at the Parsippany Community Center, 1130 Knoll Road, Lake Hiawatha.

The six hour classroom refresher course could save you 5% off your insurance and possibly points off your driving license.

The price of the course was only $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non members.

A lot has changed since AARP Driver Safety first began as “55 Alive.” The roads have changed. Cars and the technology inside them have changed. Even the people behind the wheel have changed. As drivers, if we don’t keep up with those changes we put others and ourselves at risk.

To help with AARP Driver Safety’s efforts to keep up with these changes, Toyota gave the AARP Foundation a three-year, $12.6 million grant to invest in and improve the quality of education and resources available to older drivers. Through the grant, AARP Driver Safety was able to collaborate with the nation’s top experts in mobility, aging, technology, and vehicle and driver safety to develop AARP Smart Driver Course. It also worked with its nationwide team of volunteers to ensure that the new course would be as effective as possible.

The new and improved course curriculum was designed with the participant in mind, and it is different in many ways from previous editions including:

A completely new, easy-to-follow format that incorporates adult-learning principles, features reader-friendly print types, full-color pages, an easy-to-follow format and videos to supplement course content.
New opportunities for participants to learn state-specific information throughout the course in a way that is easy to access and understand

All components of the AARP Smart Driver Course have been translated and tested for Spanish-speaking participants

As a result of evidence-based research findings, the course has been adjusted to include a focus on areas where older drivers could benefit from additional training, including:

Roundabouts
Pavement markings
Stop-sign compliance
Red-light running
Safety issues such as speeding, and seatbelt and turn-signal use

In addition to a new curriculum, AARP Driver Safety recently launched the Driving Resource Center — an interactive online resource for course participants that features tools and activities, including driving simulations, state-specific rules of the road and new vehicle technologies.

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