What is an AARP defensive driving class?


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In 2014, AARP launched an updated driving class called the Smart Driver Course, which is designed to keep older drivers confident and safe while on the road, according to its official website. The AARP driver safety class makes people better defensive drivers, says Bobbie Sage for About.com.

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The Smart Driver Course is taught by volunteers and features an updated curriculum that incorporates evidence-based research and focuses on areas that benefit older drivers, says AARP. Topics include pavement markings, roundabouts, signal compliance and safety issues such as seat belts, turn signals and speeding. Features of the new curriculum include a format that takes adult learning principles into account and videos to supplement written content. Participants are given state-specific information in a way that is easy to understand and access.

The course was redesigned in 2014 because roads and automobile technology have changed, notes AARP. The updated class was implemented with input from experts in technology, aging, mobility and vehicle and driver safety. In addition to a new curriculum, participants are given access to an online tool called the Driving Resource Center. It features activities and tools that include driving simulations, individual state driving laws and new vehicle technologies. Although it was updated, the course has been in existence since 1979, and is the nation's largest driving refresher course.

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