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AARP program offers driving lessons for the older than 50 crowd

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EAGLE COUNTY — It's a hard fact of life, but once you reach a certain age, chances are your family will start complaining about your driving skills and your insurance company may decide to zing you with higher premiums.

AARP, in conjunction with High Country RSVP, can help.

A special AARP Driver Safety Class, designed for motorists age 50 and older, is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Glenwood Colorado Mountain College campus located behind City Market. Daniels noted that anyone planning to attend should take the Grand Avenue Bridge construction into account and allow enough time to make it through town to the CMC site.

"A lot of times people take this class to get a discount on their auto insurance," said High Country Retired Senior Volunteer Program director Patty Daniels. "But once they have completed the class, they say it makes you a much better driver."

Topics covered during the four-hour session include:

• How to compensate for changes in vision, hearing and reaction time

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• How to handle problem situations such as left turns, right of way, freeway traffic, trucks and blind spots while driving

• What to do if confronted by an aggressive driver

• How medications may affect driving

• How to properly use anti-lock brakes, air bags and safety belts

• How to assess your own and others' driving abilities with a Personal Driving Capability Index

There is a $15 fee for AARP members and a $20 fee for nonmembers for the workbook and handouts, payable to the instructor. To learn more or to register for the class, call Daniels at 970-947-8461 or email pdaniells@coloradomtn.edu.