Seniors can help prolong their driving years by attending educational classes, learning how to sharpen their reflexes, and learning how to make adjustments to their cars in order to obtain a more comfortable fit. To help maturing drivers, the Auto Club offers numerous traffic safety and educational programs such as:
These programs are available at your local branch or online and many are free to members and non-members alike.
Wish you could react quicker, think faster, focus better, and reduce your crash risk while driving on the road, or that you were more aware of other vehicles, street signs, and road conditions?
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has partnered with Posit Science®, the leading provider of clinically proven brain fitness programs, to bring you Drivesharp™, a brain fitness training program designed to help older adults see more of their surroundings, react faster, and reduce their risk of an at-fault accident.1
To help maturing drivers tune up their driving skills and refresh their knowledge of the rules of the road, AAA offers mature driver improvement instruction.
This educational program offers adults age 55 and older the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. Technicians guide participants through a 12-point checklist to correctly adjust mirror positions, the distance between chest and steering wheel, and other vehicle features.
CarFit also provides information on community-specific resources to enhance your safety as a driver and increase your mobility in the community. There is no charge to attend the event, but registration is required.
This program is designed to help mature drivers identify changes in driving skills and habits. The audit is a great way to help someone who may need to resume driving or to take a DMV road test for the first time in many years. The audit lasts no more than 90 minutes. Although it is not training, the instructor will suggest in-car training hours if needed. Available at select locations, for members only, and for a small fee. In-car training for those mature drivers who want to work with an instructor after an audit is:
Call for locations and pricing:
When it’s time to broach this sensitive subject with an older driver, how do you start the conversation? Here’s one family’s story.
My wife, Inge, and I will never forget the moment we decided to have “The Talk” with her dad about his driving. One sunny, summer afternoon, we flew into town for a visit, and my father-in-law kindly offered to pick us up at the airport. We headed home—me riding in the front passenger’s seat, and my wife and our 6-year-old son in the back—all of us laughing and chatting away.
How changing driving patterns can affect your insurance. If you’re around retirement age, your lifestyle might be changing. Perhaps you’re no longer driving to work every day. Or maybe you’re traveling—or staying home—more. You may have started grouping your errands so you have to make only one car trip per day.
Did you know your new driving habits may affect your auto insurance rates? It’s a good time to call your agent and go over your policy. Here are some things to consider.
AAA is dedicated to keeping seniors driving for as long as safely possible. We also are committed to promoting viable transportation options for seniors who can no longer drive independently. Visit National AAA Senior Driving to discover even more resources that help seniors drive safer and longer.
1Source: Ball KK, Edwards JD, Ross LA at al. Cognitive Training Decreases Motor Vehicle Collision Involvement of Older Drives, Journal Compilation American Geriatrics Society 2010; 58:2107-2113. Drivesharp provides cognitive training similar to that provided in the ACTIVE Study which showed a nearly 50 percent reduction in at-fault accidents for older adults five years after their training.
2Certain restrictions apply; Discount amounts are approximate and will vary by policy; Acceptable documentation/certification may be required before discount(s) can be applied. Insurance provided to qualified Auto Club members by the Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club. California DOI Lic #0003259.