DOTHAN, Ala.— Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) is continuing its driver safety classes for anyone 50 and older as part of the Senior Discovery program for 2014.
These classes are a refresher course for experienced drivers, most of whom got their drivers licenses 30-50 years ago and never looked back. During that time, vehicles have changed, along with many traffic rules. Driving conditions aren’t what they used to be and many two-lane roads have been replaced with four lanes. Even the most experienced driver can benefit from brushing up on his/her driving skills.
Class dates are February 4, May 6, August 26, and November 17 of 2014. Classes meet in the 7th Floor Conference Room of the SAMC Doctors Building. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. This is a one-day course from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. A light lunch is included.
As the baby boomers continue to age, the number of older drivers on the roads will increase. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the number of people age 65 and older will increase from 47.7 million in 2015 to 72.7 million in 2030.
SAMC is committed to making sure this older population is driving safely. Our driver safety classes, offered once a quarter, were developed by the American Association of Retired Persons. Classes, taught by a certified instructor, are designed to help mature drivers refine existing skills and develop safe defensive driving techniques.
Drivers will learn such things as:
• How to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots
• How to maintain proper following distance
• Proper use of seat belts, antilock brakes and new technology found in cars today
• The effects medications have on driving ability
• The importance of eliminating distractions
• The safest way to change lanes
• Proper techniques for turning at busy intersections.
All participants will receive a certificate of completion. The Diabetes Treatment Center at SAMC will provide free diabetes screening. Free vision screening and blood pressure checks will also be available. Registration is required. To make a reservation or to get more information about the Senior Discovery program, call 334 712-3336 or 1-800-735-4998.