2006-07-07 / Community

AARP Launches Online Safe Driver Course

The AARP will launch a new Driver Safety Online Course in New York and nationwide beginning this week.The online course presents the same information as the popular in-classroom AARP driver safety programs taught throughout New York state by 1,000 AARP-trained volunteers.

New York State drivers of all ages may take the course to reduce the cost of their Comprehensive Auto Insurance or to reduce the number of points that they have accumulated through accidents or moving violations.

According to the most recent data from the Federal Highway Administration, there are approximately 75 million licensed drivers age 50 and older in the U.S.This constitutes 38% of all drivers on the nation's roadways. According to U.S. government figures, this percentage is expected to increase significantly in the years ahead, increasing the need for safe driving practices. "AARP is committed to keeping the roads safe for everyone and helping drivers stay safe as long as possible," stated Lois Aronstein, AARP New York State Director.“AARP research shows 55% of our members are regular internet users and this tool presents an opportunity to reach millions more.Now it is possible for the very active 50+ population to fit this established driver safety program into their schedules at their convenience."

The AARP Driver Safety Online Course is designed to help educate participants about how best to reduce traffic violations, crashes and chances for injuries; update knowledge about relevant laws; and provide safe driving strategies to compensate for age-related changes that affect one's driving ability. The course also stresses the importance of periodically monitoring one's own and others' driving skills and capabilities.

The AARP Driver Safety Online Course is 8-hours long and can be taken at the participant's own pace and within the convenience of their daily routines. The cost of the program is $15.95 for AARP members and $19.95 for non-members. Though geared for drivers age 50 and older, the courses are open to people of any age. To enroll for the AARP Driver Safety Online Course or for additional information visit www.aarp.org/drive/online .

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