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Road sage: Class offered for veteran drivers

Mary Thompson

Retired people living on a tight budget can get a break on their auto insurance rates simply by attending a class.

55 Alive, Mature Driving is a nationwide program by the Association of American Retired Persons for drivers over the age of 50.

The program offers a two-day class to discuss issues that are relevant with aging drivers.

“We try to shake some of those bad habits,” said Del Knight, instructor of the 55 Alive class, which is held at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center at 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. each month.

“We really try to focus on the problems that hit the older people – mostly vision and hearing, driving in heavy traffic and hazardous conditions,” he said.

“Older people can’t look around as much. Sometimes they have physical disabilities. Reflexes aren’t as sharp and there’s a loss in depth perception,” he said.

Besides getting some valuable tips for keeping safe on the road, the class will get drivers a break in insurance rates.

“California law requires that drivers get a break in their rates after the class,” Knight said. “There’s no set amount but I heard once that one man got a 10 percent decrease.”

The class can also double as traffic school in some areas.

The next 55 Alive class is scheduled for July 12 and 13, the cost is $8. For more information call 542-6094.

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