ADRC to sponsor a Smart Driver class Sept. 24

AURORA, Wis. – The ADRC of Florence County is sponsoring an AARP Smart Driver Course on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Hillcrest/NWTC Learning Center in Aurora, Wis. from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The course is geared toward drivers 50 plus, however can be taken by licensed drivers of all ages, and there are no tests. Participants may be eligible for a discount on their auto insurance premiums, as well. The class is open to both Wisconsin and Michigan residents.

The AARP Smart Driver Course covers defensive driving techniques and the normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associate with aging. The course also provides practical techniques for adjusting to these changes, to ensure the driver’s safety and that of others on the road. During the course, participants learn about current rules of the road, and how to operate their vehicles more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment.

This Smart Driver Course is led by Tony Zoars. Zoars, a resident of Watersmeet, has been an AARP Instructor since 2006. He has taught courses in both Wisconsin and Michigan. He finds teaching the safe driving course very educational.

“I always learn something new from my attendees. That’s the best part of teaching these classes,” he said.

Topics covered include: maintaining proper following distance, minimizing the effect of dangerous blind spots, limiting driver distractions, proper use of safety belts, air bags, and other car features, effects of medications upon driving, maintaining physical flexibility, monitoring the driving skills and capabilities of yourself and others.

Cost is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members. The class fees pay for workshop materials. Lunch break is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30, and lunch is available on-site from the ADRC’s Hillcrest Senior Dining Center. The cost for lunch is $3.50 for seniors 60 and up, or $7 for those under the age of 60.

Registration is asked to be made by Sept. 22 by calling the ADRC of Florence County (Aging and Disability Resource Center) at (715) 528-4890, or by stopping in at the historic Florence County Courthouse, lower level, Mondays through Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.