by Shannon Cay
BRANSON, Mo. – Cars, traffic rules, and driving conditions change, so, the AARP urges Americans to take a traffic refresher course, especially if they’re older.
Frank Gardner, with the AARP, has taught more than 7,000 drivers over the last two decades on how to better navigate challenging roadways and cope with age-related issues. He notes when we get older our hearing and vision changes, and our reaction time is slower.
On a local level, he says round-a-bouts can be particularly confusing:
Gardner says intersections are the most likely place where seniors can get into accidents. He says there are a lot of impatient drivers, and he advises people to be mindful of that:
The AARP Smart Driver Course is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older, according to the release. Gardner says over 15 million participants have taken it in a classroom and online.