Safe driving course offered in Madison for older drivers

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Most driving education courses focus on young drivers, teenagers with little to no experience behind the wheel. However, a safe driving course from AAA-Alabama focuses on drivers ages 55 and older.

The one-day Safe Driving for Mature Operators class is offered every other month in Madison. Instructor Roy Turner says he tells his students, “as we go through this class, I’m probably going to tell you a lot of stuff you already know about driving. I’ll remind you of some things you may have forgotten, and hopefully, I’ll teach you one or two new things you didn’t know.”

There is no driving in the course and no test. Instead, it includes information suited to the needs of older drivers, from compensating for slower reaction times to new defensive driving tactics.

The cost is $25 for AAA members and $30 for non-members. The fee covers the cost of materials and pays for the instructor. Under Alabama state law, participants receive a discount on auto insurance. The discounts usually range from five to 10 percent and the certification is valid for three years.

The next class will be on September 19th at Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison. The final class of the year will be on November 21st, also at the church. Advance registration is required. To learn more, call (205) 444-8882 or click here.