AARP Driver Safety Program offered May 30

May 16, 2013

The First Presbyterian Church of Waynesville will host the AARP Driver Safety Program from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 30. The informative four-hour program is a class room-only program, designed for mature drivers. Each of us may have been driving in excess of 45 or 50 years and like most professionals who take  a refresher course to keep them current in their chosen field, this course will assist us in keeping our driving skills safe.
Some of the items covered in the class are an up date on rules of the road, how to handle aggressive drivers, technological advances in our vehicles, points on how to avoid the most common crash points, and changes in our bodies as we age and how these changes affect our driving.
Most of us learned how to drive when seat belts and air bags were non existent in vehicles.  The course gives tips on how to avoid further injuries in the event of an air bag implosion.  The commonly recommended hand positions on the steering wheel used to be 10 and 2 o'clock  Now the hand positions that are recommended are 4 and 8, to avoid additional arm injuries in the event of the air bag imploding.

In the event of a crash, unless the driver is at least 10 to 12 inches from the steering wheel,  the driver will experience additional injuries over and above what the air bag is designed to prevent. The course will cover other safety tips to help  mature drivers continue to drive safer.
The course is open to all. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. The church is at 305 N. Main St., Waynesville. To register for the class, call the church secretary at 456-3243.