Driver safety course refreshes “rules of road” for seniors

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – In North Carolina, AAA says there are nearly 78,000 licensed drivers who are 65 and older and that number is expected to grow.

That’s why an AARP driver safety course aims to assist senior drivers who still get behind the wheel.

The one-day, four-hour course gives students a refresher on the rules of the road including changes to cars, roads and laws.

Instructors also warn of the effects medication and health issues may have on driving ability.

Ella Katherine May attended the class and says as the body slows, it’s important to keep the mind sharp.

“As we get older our bodies tend to slow down, our vision gets impaired, our reactions are slower,” May said. “By taking this course, it kind of gets you up and more alert and aware.”

An estimated 38 million seniors are on U.S. roadways and that number is expected to jump to 55 million by the year 2020.

The classes are designed for drivers 50 and older, but anyone is welcome to attend.

To find a class near you, click here.

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