Senior Citizens Go To School

1 decade 11 months 3 weeks ago October 05, 2005 Oct 5, 2005 Wednesday, October 05 2005 Wednesday, October 05, 2005 6:16:18 PM CDT in News

An 8 hour AARP workshop not only saves seniors money, but it also could save lives.

Traffic signs quizs, courses on intersections, and video about physical disabilities... A dozen people studied hard to improve their driving. Most of them came because their insurance companies offered a break on their rates if they attended.

"There are several insurance companies who give a discount because they want to encourage us as older drivers to review, to take courses," explained AARP volunteer John Martin.

Physical disabilities such as vision problems, hearing loss, lack of flexibility and slower reaction times affect drivers over 55. And after age 60, the percentage of crashes involving older drivers increases nearly 30 %.

"I think it is good to update your driving skills anytime because things change you change," workshop participant Ginny Van Hove.

Seniors are not the only ones getting into accidents. They do have more crashes than 40 year old drivers but far fewer than teenagers.

Volunteers teach the driving classes. The cost is $10 and includes a workbook.  For more information, you can call 1-888-227-7669.

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