AARP Smart Driver course offered in Belfast, Sept. 15

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BELFAST — AARP has revamped and updated its Smart Driver course, featuring a new workbook and new videos, both based on a research-based curriculum.

“Autumn is a really good time for motorists age 50 and older to sharpen their skills by updating their driving knowledge by participating in the Smart Driver program,” said Volunteers of America, Northern New England, in a news release.

Instructor Paul Sheridan will be leading the class Friday, Sept, 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Reynolds House, VoA/NNE,  33 Booth Dr., in Belfast.

Know how to best adjust your side-view mirrors to eliminate blind spots?

Do you know how to apply the four-second rule, and especially important here in Maine, when that should become a 5, 6 or a 7-second rule?

“The main thrust of the course is about giving yourself every possible advantage now, and as you age, to be able to continue to drive safely for as long as you can,” said the release.

You will be encouraged to look at your current driving habits while reinforcing the good ones, consider new habits, and increase awareness of changes in the roads, cars, and yourself. There is no exam, all work is in the classroom, and you get to keep your workbook for future activities and reference.

Those attending will learn defensive driving techniques and strategies, review new traffic laws, rules of the road, and more in the four + hour course. They will discover how to adjust their driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time through an interactive discussion about the changing technology on newer vehicles and the warning signs that suggest when it is time to give up the keys. Best of all, in Maine drivers 55 years or older who successfully complete the AARP course are eligible for a car insurance discount, good for three years.

Course seating is limited. The fee is $25, with a $5 discount for AARP members.

Advanced registration is required, call (207) 322-3961 to reserve seat. For information about the class call Paul Sheridan at the same number.

Bring lunch for a half hour break at 12:30 p.m.

Event Date: 

Fri, 09/15/2023 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Event Location: 

Reynolds House, VoA/NNE


33 Booth Drive
Belfast, ME 04915
United States