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Refresher driving class focuses on new technologies

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” George Morris thinks the best way to teach people is to listen to others who can talk about their experiences. Especially when it comes to teaching a refresher driving course for seniors.

“People really pay attention when someone else is talking about a subject they are familiar with,” Morris said.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is the nation’s first and largest refresher course specifically designed for drivers 50-years-old and over, however, Morris said that the class is valuable for anyone of any age.

“A lot of the class has already taken one of these courses before,” Morris said. “We try to encourage some of them to give some life experiences that add to the class.”

Morris, a volunteer instructor with the driver safety program for 12 years, teaches the course at the Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center on Blake Avenue in Glenwood Springs with fellow volunteer instructor Joe O’Donnell. Morris said that he teaches the class in a fairly casual manner and prefers to ask people about their driving experiences to get them involved in the discussion rather than just teaching from the manual.

“When they think about it and analyze what they are doing in real life situations and how they can adapt to age related changes, it just makes for a much better learning experience,” Morris said.

Fundamentally, the class has not changed in the 25 years it’s been offered through programs like this. The only difference, according to Morris, is the class has updated materials such as instructional videos that are more informational.

The Drivers Safety Program is scheduled for Feb. 23-24 consisting of a four-hour class each day. The class is sponsored by Colorado Mountain College Senior Center and RSVP. For AARP members the class cost is $12, and $14 for non AARP members. And most people who complete the class can receive a discount on their auto insurance. But that is not the best reason for attending in Morris’ view.

“My number one objective is to have people leave the class having learned something that will allow them to drive longer and safer. Or at least one of those,” Morris said. “And most people say that they have.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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