The Allegheny Community Center will host the AARP Smart Driver Course on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 11-12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This class is for Pennsylvania drivers who have not taken the course before or took the course more than three years ago. This course will be presented at the Allegheny Community Center (ACC), 42 Clark Street, in two four-hour sessions. The course will be taught by Lawrence Jackson.
The course was updated and released this January after significant research funded by a grant from Toyota to AARP. This course is intended to increase a driver's personal safety by covering the basics of defensive driving. Just as important, the course is designed to make drivers aware of how changes in vision, hearing and physical reflexes due to aging can impact driving. New vehicle and roadway features and new laws of the road will also be discussed. If you are 55 or older, you may be eligible for an automobile insurance premium reduction or discount of five percent for three years (ask your insurance agent all drivers in the household may have to take the course). There are no tests (written or driving).
On Thursday, May 8, a four-hour refresher Smart Driver Course will be offered by Charles Merroth for those who have taken the class within the last three years, also at the ACC.
Each course is $20 per person, ($15 for an AARP member) paid by check to AARP or cash to the instructor on the first day of class. You do not have to be a member of AARP to take the course, but your AARP card is required for the discount. Advanced registration is recommended as class is limited to 25 attendees. You must be a licensed Pennsylvania driver to take the courses.
For course registration, call the ACC at 723-3237. For more information on the course see the AARP Web site: