MOUNT VERNON -- Driving south during the winter months and traveling back for the summer can result in driving challenges.
Those over the age of 60 may find driving to be a daily challenge. There have been a lot of changes in the 40-plus years since they first got behind the wheel. There are more distractions that pose danger while driving, many updated gadgets to operate in the car and more vehicles are on the road.
To help combat these changes, the Safe Communities Coalition will host a two-day course entitled Safe Driving for Mature Drivers. The two part course will take place at the Station Break Senior Citizens Center located at 160 Howard St., Mount Vernon. Part 1 of the course will take place on Mon., June 24.
Part 2 of the course will take place on Wed., June 26. Both classes will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided by the Station Break to Knox County residents (age 60+) for a $3 suggested donation. Participants who are not a Knox County resident will be provided lunch for $6.
The safe driving course is presented by AAA and is state certified which will enable attendees to get a discount if offered by their auto insurance provider. Participants need to attend both days of the course to receive a certificate which can be submitted for a discount. The course is taught by Mary Lou Gallimore, adult traffic manager with AAA, and is available to AAA members and non-members.
The course provides mature drivers with a refresher on the skills and tools they need to drive safely on today’s roads. The lesson will include defensive driving tips, traffic laws, rules of the road and how roads have changed. There is a $5 charge for the two-day course. Attendees can pay by check or cash on the first day of the course.
Checks should be made payable to AAA. Attendees need to bring a valid Ohio driver’s license. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Elisa Beckett at the Knox County Health Department, 740-392-2200, ext. 2272.