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Hospital/AARP To Offer Mature Drivers Class

Chester River Hospital Center and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are co-sponsoring a 55 Alive/Mature Driving Program on Tuesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Medical Services Building Conference Room at the Hospital. The program is designed to help mature drivers compensate for physical changes that may affect their driving ability.

Although older drivers typically do not commit violations such as speeding, drunk driving or reckless driving, problems can occur in driving situations that require a quick response, full vision and interaction with other drivers. Typical violations for drivers aged 55 or older include failure to yield right-of-way, improper turning, incorrect lane changing, passing and entering and leaving expressways according to the AARP.

Normal age-related physical changes begin to accelerate at age 55 and the number of accidents involving these drivers increases.

For this reason, AARP named this course 55 Alive/Mature Driving. The eight-hour course will include a self-assessment; vision and hearing; normal and hazardous driving environments; alcohol and medications; and a review of the "rules of the road" with an emphasis on defensive driving practices. The training involves the use of a combination of slide and video presentations and group discussion. Glen Laddel, a volunteer instructor who has been recruited and trained by the AARP, will teach the class.

AARP is a membership organization of people age 50 and older dedicated to addressing their needs and interests. Since the inception of the 55 Alive/Mature Driving program in 1979 more than 5 million people have completed the course. Some automobile insurance companies give discounts for attending a 55/Alive course. Participants should check with their insurer for more information. There is an $8 fee to attend the class and pre-registration is required. A one-hour lunch break is scheduled from noon to 1:00 p.m. Participants must attend both sessions. To register call the Hospital at (410) 778-3300, ext. 2320.