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Late Summer: The Perfect Season for Refreshing Your Driving Skills & for Taking the AARP Smart Driver Seminar

Posted Aug. 07, 2014, at 9:50 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street, Damariscotta, Maine

For more information: 207-563-1363; spectrumgenerations.org

Late summer is the perfect season for motorists age 50 and older to sharpen their driving skills and update their driving knowledge by participating in the AARP Driver Safety program, presented through a partnership between AARP, Spectrum Generations, and the Lincoln TRIAD at Spectrum Generations, the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging’s Damariscotta location (521 Main Street) on August 23 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Do you know how to best adjust your side view mirrors to eliminate blind spots? Do you know how to apply the three-second rule, and important here in Maine, when that should become a 4, 5 or a 6-second rule? The main thrust of the course is about giving yourself every possible advantage now, and as you age, to be able to continue to drive safely for as long as you can.

Throughout this driver safety seminar participants will be encouraged to look at their current driving habits while reinforcing the good ones, consider new habits, and increase awareness of changes in the roads, cars, and themselves. There is no exam, all work is in the classroom.

Those attending will learn defensive driving techniques and strategies, review new traffic laws, rules of the road and more in the four-hour course. They will discover how to adjust driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time through an interactive discussion about the changing technology on newer vehicles and the warning signs that suggest it’s time to give up the keys. Best of all, in Maine, drivers 55 years or older who successfully complete the AARP course are eligible for a car insurance discount, good for three years.

Course seating is limited; there is a $20 fee, with a $5 discount for AARP members; advanced registration is required. Remember to bring your AARP membership card so that your membership number can be recorded on the registration form. Summer residents and visitors are always welcome.

Driver Safety instructor Joyce Polyniak’s first summer 2014 seminar will take place on August 23 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Coastal Community Center located at 521 Main Street in Damariscotta. To reserve a spot in Joyce’s Damariscotta class call 563-1363 by August 22.

Spectrum Generations (the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging) mission is promoting life-long learning, health, wellness, nutrition, community engagement and social well-being of all older and disabled adults. Based on the premise that the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently and comfortably regardless of age, income, or ability level, enables a person to live a more physically and socially healthy life.

If you’d like more information about Spectrum Generations, this topic or to schedule an interview with instructor Joyce Polyniak please contact Marianne Pinkham at (207) 563-1363 or e-mail Marianne at mpinkham@spectrumgenerations.org.

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