AAA Southern New England KEEPING THE KEYS:
A driver’s chronological age is not a good predictor of driving ability. What counts on the road is performance, both physical and mental fitness. But, how do you bring up your concerns with a loved one who may no longer be a safe driver? AAA Southern New England’s, “Keeping the Keys”, is designed to help open lines of communication between family members and senior drivers who may be facing this dilemma. The one- hour program will distinguish between usual changes in ability related to aging and typical signs of diminished capacity for driving safely; focus on the challenges older drivers and their families face; and, provide options to help at-risk drivers transition to life-after-driving.
AAA Southern New England OLDER & WISER DRIVER PRESENTATION:
Traffic safety awareness is vital for drivers of all ages, but older drivers experience physical changes that can affect one’s driving ability- changes in vision, cognition, reaction time, and flexibility. While older drivers as a group do have more crashes than people in their 40’s, their individual safety records differ as much as any other group.
AAA’s 60-minute Older and Wiser Driver presentation discusses practical tips seniors can use to compensate for the physical changes that come with age. The tips and assessment tools presented aim at keeping seniors behind the wheel for as long as possible, as safely as possible. The program will incorporate a DVD presentation, and the opportunity to utilize evaluation tools. Questions will be encouraged and take away information will be provided for later reference.
AAA Southern New England Driving Improvement Program (Requires registration through AAA):
Lower your auto insurance costs and improve your driving skills! Register for AAA’s FREE Driving Improvement Program (DIP)! Our DIP program isn’t driver education; it’s one that’s aimed at experienced drivers who simply wish to improve their driving skills and review the basics of defensive driving.
By completing this free class, drivers 60 years of age and older in Connecticut qualify for a minimum 5% discount* on their auto insurance. In fact, some insurers provide that discount to experienced drivers as young as 55. So we encourage you to check with your insurer to see what they offer. When you complete the class, you’ll receive a certificate to present to your insurance carrier.
To register, call Jackie Pesticci at AAA Southern New England at 203-937-2595, Ext 4684.
AAA Southern New England is a not-for-profit auto club with 42 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, providing more than 2.7 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance and auto-related services. In Connecticut, the Connecticut has more than a half-million members in Litchfield, Fairfield, and New Haven Counties. Our website is www.aaa.com.
*The discount doesn’t cover uninsured motor coverage, rental reimbursements, and towing and labor costs. Check with your insurer.