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Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio

MOUNT VERNON - If you are over the age of 50 and feel like life is speeding by – literally, you might be interested in a refresher driving course. A lot has happened in the 30-plus years since you first got behind the wheel: there are more gadgets to operate, more vehicles on the road and more distractions that pose a danger when driving.

To help you navigate these changes, the Knox County Health Department will host an AARP Smart Driver Course on Thursday (Nov. 5) from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The course is open to AARP members and non-members. Paul Higgins, a driver safety volunteer with AARP, will teach the course.

“The course gives drivers the skills and tools they need to drive safely on today’s roads, allowing them to remain independent for many years to come,” said Higgins. “Many people who take the course say they change at least one driving behavior afterwards.”

Among an update of driving skills and rules of the road, attendees will learn about normal age-related physical changes and how to adjust their driving to compensate.
“The course can reduce your chances of receiving a traffic violation, getting into an accident, or becoming injured,” said Higgins.

Attendees will receive a certificate after completing the class and might be eligible for a discount on their auto insurance. The discount is usually good for three years; so if you took the course a few years ago and received a discount, you might want to consider taking it again.

There is charge for the course: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members. Attendees can pay by check or cash on the day of the course. Checks should be made payable to AARP. Attendees need to bring a valid Ohio driver’s license.

Pre-registration is required. To register, call JoAnn Kerr at the Knox County Health Department, 740-392-2200, ext. 2232.

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