The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Lifestyles

September 28, 2013

Driving class is important

In May of this year, Seniors vs Crime co-sponsored the AARP Safe Driving Class, held at Clinton Community College’s Technology Center. The class proved so popular, we closed registration, putting some folks on a waiting list.

Because of this demand, we are co-sponsoring the class again. The class is scheduled for Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a very nice lunch provided. The location remains the same, the Technology Center at 1951 Manufacturing Drive in Clinton.

Why should you consider this class? Consider these things. Cars change. Roads change. Traffic rules and traffic patterns change. The behavior of other drivers changes. This is demonstrated by the widespread use of cellphones while driving. And we change, as we age.

It’s a rare driver whose vision improves with age. Driving after dark may become more challenging. Our hearing may deteriorate. Physical reaction times can increase.

Does this mean older drivers don’t drive well? No, but we can improve. The AARP course teaches:

• How to minimize effects of blind spots

• How to maintain safe following distance behind another car

• Safest ways to change lanes and make turns at busy intersections

• Proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes, and new technology in cars

• Effects of medication on driving

• Monitoring and assessing your driving skills and those of others

• Eliminating distractions

If you want to participate in this class, you need to register. To do so, call (888) 336-3907 at Eastern Iowa Community College District, or call Clinton Community College at 244-7100. You need to register for Safe Driving Class, Course No. 128435 ($14 cost for non-AARP members), or if you are an AARP member, course No. 128439 ($12 cost). It is the same class. You can also register online by visiting www.eicc.edu/ceregistration.

Scam trends

1. Free Groceries — Several people notified me they received phone calls promising them $3,000 in groceries or to pay general expenses, if they registered for some medical alert system. The callers are told this is government money earmarked for senior citizens. It is a complete hoax. If you get such a call, note the incoming number if you can, and hang up. Give me a call to tell me about it.

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