Senator Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, has partnered with the California Highway Patrol to present a driver safety course titled “Age Well, Drive Smart” at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The two-hour safety driving class is free and geared toward drivers who are 55 years of age and older.
The refresher course is meant to cover the rules of the road and offer advice on how to adjust to age-related physical changes and remain safe.
The course will include classroom instruction on driving safety, basic road courtesy, information on the impact visual or hearing impairments have on driving ability, tips on avoiding or offsetting hazardous road conditions and improving driving performance.
Participants will also receive an update on changes the legislature has made to rules of the road and vehicle equipment.
The American Association of Retired Persons states that the elderly population is growing and the proportion of elderly drivers is growing rapidly as well.
By 2029, one out of four drivers will be 65 years or older and several factors contribute to vulnerabilities for older drivers, including fragility which increases with age and environmental factors that would impact some older drivers such as signs, road markings, and small lettering that may be difficult to see at night.
Note: Some insurance companies offer discounted premiums with a certificate of course completion. Check with your insurance provider to confirm this program meets its criteria for a policy discount.
The SCV Senior Center is located at 22900 Market Street, Newhall 91321.
For more information or to RSVP, call Wilk’s District Office at 661-286-1471.