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Safe driving class offered for seniors

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Older drivers have a lifetime of experience behind the wheel. But the aging process is gradual, and can subtly affect a driver’s abilities, said Chuck Sadler, a retired Charleston Police Department captain who is teaching a Mature Driver’s Course at the South Charleston Public Library next month.

The AAA-sponsored course is designed to help drivers 55 and older sharpen their skills and get up to speed on the latest vehicle technology.

Eyesight, hearing and reflexes often decline with age — but older drivers can adjust for these changes and learn new skills that will help them have more safe years behind the wheel.

Through the Mature Driver’s Course, “we want to equip them to be better drivers as they mature,” Sadler said.

According to AAA, drivers who are 85 and older are injured or killed in crashes at a higher rate than any other age group, due primarily to the increased fragility that comes with age.

“They’re not necessarily bad drivers, but they are more likely to be injured,” said Christina Rollyson, AAA district office supervisor.

The Mature Driver’s Course will be held June 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee is $35 for non-AAA members, and $25 for members. Register at AAA headquarters, 1000 Parkway Road, Southridge Centre. For more information, call 304-925-6681, option 3.


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