50+ Driving Courses in the US

Chances are, if you’re nearing retirement, you’ve been driving for years. You may even have a clean record – no tickets, no accidents, no worries, right? Not necessarily. Even though you never speed and always wear your seat belt, your insurance could choose to raise your rates. Whether you want to admit it or not, as your eyesight becomes worse and reaction times slow down, the possibility of a claim rises. That said, an increase in the cost of your policy is avoidable – if you’re willing to go back to school. Some organizations, primarily the AARP, offer “50+” driving courses in the US that lead to discounts on coverage with many insurers.

 

Still think you don’t need to take a class? Here’s a quick preview of what you will learn:

 

Stark reality

 

Part of the reason people over 65, in particular, are targeted for rate increases is because they have more accidents per mile than drivers aged 30 to 64. And, for a variety of reasons, they are less likely to survive.

 

Shrinking blind spots

 

The short space between what the mirrors show and what we must turn our heads to see is a major cause of accidents. By combining new ways to expand the field of reflection with exercises to ensure your neck remains flexible, you will minimize the chance someone sneaks up without you being aware of it.

 

Sticking to the basics

 

After decades on the road, you’ve probably developed your own unique set of rules for managing two tons of steel moving at highway speeds – and it might not serve you any longer. The fact is, motor skills diminish as we age, so the old rule of thumb to make sure you’re one car length back for every ten miles per hour of speed becomes more important.

 

Managing technology

 

The computer age has led to a wide variety of gadgets and noisemakers in today’s vehicles. One of the greatest assets to someone behind the wheel is focus, a commodity we ration out to cell phones, stereo systems, and other distractions. You’ll be able to understand how using everything from the anti-lock brakes to the air bags will contribute to – or detract from – good driving practices.


When it’s time to quit

 

One of the most invaluable tools in a retiree’s arsenal is the ability to relinquish control when the right time comes. You may find it helpful as your parents age, but you will also be more aware of the signs your own skills are failing – and whether medications you are taking should keep you in the passenger seat no matter what.

 

Last Updated: 09/15/11