Even the best of drivers can benefit from refresher courses in driver's safety. An array of driving schools offer programs that may be of benefit to senior citizens. These schools offer a variety of programs, both for seniors who wish to sharpen their driving skills and seniors learning to drive for the first time.
First Time Drivers
Health permitting, its never too late to learn to drive. Driving schools such as 1st Stop Drivers School (1stopdrivingschool.com) offer programs to help seniors learn to drive throughout the continental U.S. Students learn at their own pace and are able to take the test as often as necessary until they receive a passing score. AB and Kennedy driving school (abkennedy.com) also offers senior driving classes, catering to students in the state of Florida. All programs are taught by certified instructors and are customized to meet each student's individual needs.
Experienced senior drivers who wish to brush up on their driving skills may benefit from courses offered from driving schools such as Kanor Driving School (kanordrivingschools.com). Their driving refresher courses are geared toward defensive driving and overcoming physical aspects that can sometimes make driving unsafe. The American Association of Retired Persons (www.aarp.org) also offers comprehensive driver's refresher courses for seniors. Their program emphasizes safety behind the wheel and offers insight on vehicle maintenance and how to keep your insurance premiums low.
For senior drivers who prefer to take their driving courses on-line, I Drive Safely (idrivesafely.com) offers on-line driver's classes that are geared toward helping seniors update their driving skills and keep their insurance rates low. The program is designed to allow students to learn at their own pace and is recognized in all 50 states. Mature Driver Course On-line (maturedrivercourseonline.com) also offers on-line driver safety programs geared toward seniors and is recognized in over a dozen states throughout the U.S. Their self-paced program allows students to achieve the credits required to obtain a multiple-year discount with some of the nation's leading insurance providers.
Court Ordered Programs
A variety of programs specialize in courses for states that have laws requiring mandatory driving classes for seniors. Located in Illinois, Behind the Wheel (behindthewheeldrivered.com) prepares senior drivers with the skills they need to pass the road test required to retain their driving privilege.This course was mandatory for all Illinois drivers over the age of 75 as of May, 2011. TGFTIB Driving School (tgftibdrivingschool.com) also offers classes which satisfy court designated requirements. Their safety-first philosophy is geared toward seniors who have had their license revoked as a result of multiple accidents.
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