Hospital offers driving training program

Griffin Hospital will host an AARP Driver Safety Program from 9-1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, in the hospital’s dining room meeting rooms.

The AARP Driver Safety Program is a refresher course for drivers. While the course is geared toward drivers age 50 and older, the course is open to anyone.

The training is designed to help you learn current rules of the road, how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment and some adjustments to common age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction times.

The course also covers such topics as how to maintain proper following distance at all times; the safest way to change lanes and make turns at intersections; the effects of medications on driving; how to minimize the effect of dangerous blind spots; the importance of eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking, and cell-phone use; proper use of safety belts, air bags, and anti-lock brakes and ways to monitor your own and others’ driving skills and capabilities.

As an added bonus, participants can check with their auto insurance agent to learn whether their company provides auto insurance discounts for completing the course.

The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Make checks payable to AARP. Call 203-732-7584 to register.