Driving Toward Change

by Jean I. Anderson

I just completed an eight-hour driver safety class sponsored by AARP. The focus of the class is change. It’s the key word, probably in all of life.AARP driver safety

We change as we age, losing some of the flexibility and response time to assess and react to the demands of driving.

The roads have changed, with more roundabouts replacing tricky intersections. High-speed highways have replaced the two lanes that took us on a lazy Sunday afternoon drive.

Change is evident in the vehicles we drive, now with greater safety features and buttons, which can be distracting as we attempt to figure out how to use them.

If involved in a crash, seniors are more likely to suffer greater serious injury or be killed because of their increased fragility. Even if you think you have no concerns with your current driving ability, this class was an excellent refresher on driving techniques and strategies that can be life-saving. You even save on your auto insurance when you submit the certificate of completion to your insurance.

What do you think is the greatest cause of fatalities for seniors? Sign up for the class and find out. Go to the AARP’s website, or call toll free [1-877-390-8806] for information. I’m glad I took the time to attend the class.



Forward Chicago, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, envisions our neighborhoods as model communities for people of all ages, where residents can age in place while remaining active, engaged and influential.

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