Tryon Estates sponsors AARP driver safety program March 22

Published 11:19 am Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tryon Estates, located at 617 Laurel Lake Drive in Columbus, will sponsor an AARP driver safety program on Tuesday, March 22 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the estates administrative building. The event is open to the public and there is no test. There is a nominal fee.

Safe driving is a challenge for all drivers. For older drivers changes in vision, hearing, reaction time and judgment are more likely than with younger drivers. As a group, older people are more likely to experience health impairments that affect their driving skills and may make their driving unsafe.

AARP developed the “Drive Safety Program” to help older drivers learn safety strategies and tips to help the adapt to physical and mental changes relating to aging. The four hour course, taught by AARP trained volunteers, is designed to help participants understand the effects of aging on driving, learn driving strategies that take into account the effect of aging, identify common crash situations faced by older drivers, reduce the chances of having a crash, update knowledge of today’s roads and traffic laws, vehicles and other road users and think about how they drive and when it may no longer be safe to drive.

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Non Tryon Estates residents are asked to call William Boyd at 828-859-7605 to register for the class.