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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Announces Openins Are Still Available For Aarp Driver Safety Program

Drivers Age 50 and Up Are Eligible to Participate

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) announces seats are still available for the AARP Driver Safety Program offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) in July.  The program is designed especially for drivers age 50 and over.

The eight-hour course will meet for two four-hour sessions from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, July 29 and 30, in the Franco Auditorium within the SJMO Anthony Franco Communications Center, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.

AARP Driver Safety Program participants learn how to deal with the effects of aging on driving, identify most common crash situations that seniors face, reduce the chance of a crash, update knowledge of today’s roads and identify when driving may no longer be safe.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Maintaining proper following distance
  • Methods of changing lanes and turning at intersections
  • Negotiating roundabouts
  • Effects of medication on driving
  • Limiting driver distractions
  • Properly using seat belts, air bags and anti-lock brakes
  • Maintaining physical flexibility
  • Monitoring skills and capabilities
  • Minimizing the effects of dangerous blind spots

Over the past 32 years, more than 13 million drivers have enrolled in the course nationwide. There are no tests required.  Those who complete the course receive a certificate of completion and may qualify for a reduction on their vehicle insurance premium.  Participants should contact their insurance company or agent for more details.

The program is limited to 30 participants.  There is a fee for this program--$12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members--which covers all course materials, including workbooks.  To register, call 800-372-6094