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Prep for Winter–AARP Driver Safety Course in Belfast

Posted Sept. 12, 2013, at 7:34 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:48 p.m.

Once only this Fall in Belfast! Now is a perfect time for motorists age 50 and older to sharpen their driving skills by updating their driving knowledge and learning defensive driving techniques by participating in the AARP Driver Safety program, presented through a partnership between AARP and Reynolds House/Volunteers of America, Northern New England.

AARP Driver Safety instructor Paul Sheridan’s next class will take place on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 from 10 AM until 3 PM at the Edwards J. Reynolds House, 33 Booth Drive, off Congress St. and Route 1 in Belfast. There is a half-hour scheduled for your brown bag lunch.

Do you know how to best adjust your side view mirrors to eliminate blind spots? Do you know 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.

You will be encouraged to look honestly at your driving habits while reinforcing the good ones, consider new habits, and increase awareness of changes in the roads, cars, and yourself. 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 reduction, good for three years.

Course seating is limited; there is a $14 fee, with a $2 discount for AARP members; advanced registration is required. Call Paul Sheridan at 338-0350 to reserve a seat and for directions.

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