AARP Drivers Safety Program to be held

The last AARP Smart Driver course of 2017 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Central Montana Community Center. The Community Center is located at 307 W. Watson. Registration for the course will be from 8 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. The class starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. and will end before 1 p.m. This course is designed for all drivers 50 years and older. There will be a cost for the course. The new drivers safety course, called “Smart Driver,” is an updated course that was formerly called, “Drivers Safety Program” and “55 Alive” – both sponsored by AARP. The new course uses research-based facts to enforce concepts, plus there is a new set of videos to accompany the instruction.

This course offers an opportunity to learn how to drive more efficiently and safely. The course contains up-to-date information about changes over time in ourselves, our vehicles and our roads. The content of this course can help boost safety awareness, refresh and improve driving skills, minimize crash risk, increase confidence, prolong mobility and maintain independence.

Some of the course objectives are to: 1) learn research-based safety strategies, 2) understand the links among the driver, vehicle, and road environment, and how this awareness encourages safer behavior, 3) learn how aging, medications, alcohol, and other health related issues affect driving ability, and ways to adjust to allow these changes, 4) increase confidence and, 5) know how to drive safely when sharing the road with others.

Anyone interested in taking the course is encouraged to register ahead of time with Mary Jo or Jim Hamling by calling 535-3263 or emailing If you are not able to pre-register, please come in anyway. All interested drivers are encouraged to attend.



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