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Wednesday, April 8, 2009 • Posted April 8, 2009

AARP Texas Announces New 4-Hour Driver Safety Program For Drivers Age 50+

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Quick, in Texas, how far must you stop behind a school bus with flashing lights? Where should you place your hands on the steering wheel? How far from the steering wheel should you sit?

If you have forgotten the answers to these questions or think they haven’t changed since you first got your driver’s license, you are a prime candidate for the AARP Driver Safety Program’s new 4-hour course.

Over the past 30 years, the AARP Driver Safety Program has provided instruction to more than 12 million participants seeking to refresh their driving skills. Now the course is available in Texas in a new 4-hour version. Learn how best to reduce traffic violations, crashes, and chances for injuries; update your knowledge of recent changes in laws and car design; develop safe driving strategies to compensate for age-related changes. The new 4-hour course also stresses the importance of periodically monitoring your own and your loved ones’ driving capabilities. An exhaustive workbook offers self tests and quick tips to challenge any complacency that has crept into your driving over the years.

“This new 4-hour course is a great way for drivers to refocus on safety especially as they get ready for the vacation season,” says Gus Cardenas, Texas AARP driver safety coordinator. “Each of us needs to take responsibility for keeping up our own driving skills and monitoring those of family members, whether young or old. The new 4-hour AARP Driver Safety course is a one-stop way to do it.”

The 4-hour Driver Safety course was piloted in Kentucky and Wisconsin and proved so popular it became a substitute for the original 8-hour version of the course. It is gradually becoming available in 20 other states. An 8-hour interactive online version of the course is available at www.aarp.org/driver/online.

For information on local courses, please call 1-888-227-7669 or visit us at www.aarp.org/drive.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 34.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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