The AARP Driver Safety Program Turns 40!
The AARP Driver Safety (ADS) Program has begun the celebration of its 40th anniversary. In 1979, the program started out under the name of “55 Alive” – the nation’s first and largest driver refresher course. Reflecting extensive curriculum research, the AARP Smart DriverTM course, which we teach today, was launched in 2014. The ADS Program has grown to include CarFit, We Need to Talk and the recently launched Smart DriverTEKSM educational offerings.
Since 2009, David W. Young, Jr., has served as the ADS volunteer District Coordinator for Northern Virginia, which involves overseeing the program and the volunteer instructors in the area. He also finds time to continue teaching classes.
“The people you meet and the stories you hear just increase your understanding of how critical the refresher course is to highway safety,” says Dave. “Also, the pleasure of returning something to your community that improves public safety is a bonus without comparison.”
Upcoming AARP Driver Safety Classes
Friday, November 8, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Carver Senior Center
200 Willie Palmer Way
Purcellville, VA 20132
Registration: Please call (571) 258-3400
Saturday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Fountains at Washington House
5100 Fillmore Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22311
Registration: Please call (703) 845-5100
Tuesday, November 12, and Thursday, November 14, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.*
Reston Community Center Hunter Woods
2310 Colts Neck Road
Reston, VA 20191
Registration: Please call (703) 476-4500
Thursday, November 14, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Madison Senior Center
3829 North Stafford Street
Arlington, VA 22207
Registration: Please call (703) 228-0556
Thursday, November 14, and Friday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.*
Fairfax City Senior Center – Green Acres
4401 Sideburn Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
Registration: Please call (703) 246-4495
Tuesday, November 26, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bailey’s Community Senior Center
5920 Summers Lane
Falls Church, VA 22041
Registration: Please call (703) 820-2131
The course fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. More information on the AARP Driver Safety Program can be found on the website: https://aarp.org/drive
*The AARP driver safety course in Virginia is 8 hours. For 2-day courses, participants must attend both days to receive a certificate of completion for the auto insurance discount.
This story is provided by AARP Virginia. Visit the AARP Virginia page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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