Senior Driving Courses
WTSEA “Seniors Getting There Safely”
It’s a fact – aging does have an affect on your driving. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give up your license. Taking a refresher course might enable you to hold on to your license for years to come. That’s why our community offers driver safety classes designed specifically for mature drivers.
Why Take a Driver Safety Class?
Washington Traffic Safety and Education Association’s “Seniors Getting There Safely” is a refresher driving course for senior drivers. It includes speakers, videos, and class interaction. While no actual driving is involved, this course helps you:
- Tune up your driving skills and update your knowledge of the latest rules of the road.
- Learn about normal age-related physical changes, and how to adjust your driving to allow for these changes.
- Reduce your traffic violations, crashes, and chances for injuries for you, your passengers, and others on the roadway.
- Drive more safely.
- Get an insurance discount. All auto insurance companies in Washington must provide a multi-year discount to graduates!
What Will I Learn by Taking the Course?
You can expect to learn about current rules of the road, new laws, how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment, and some adjustments to common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. You will learn about:
- Maintaining proper following distance at all times.
- The safest way to change lanes and make turns at intersections.
- The effects of medications on driving.
- Minimizing the effect of dangerous blind spots and night time driving.
- Limiting driver distractions such as eating, smoking and cell phone use.
- Properly using safety belts, air bags, and anti-lock brakes.
- Maintaining physical flexibility and learning to monitor your own driving abilities.
After completing the course, you’ll develop a greater appreciation of driving challenges and how you can avoid potential collisions and injuries to yourself and others. Interested?
What Else do I Need to Know?
Though geared for drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to people of any age. Speakers include a pharmacist, Department of License representative, Thurston County Traffic Deputy, Washington State Patrol Trooper, and an auto insurance representative.
How Do I Sign up?
For information on community driver safety courses, locations, dates, and times, click here: www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/seniors.html
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