California Highway Patrol senior driving class aims to keep everyone safe

State's older drivers close to 3 million people

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Talking with an older family member about their driving is often difficult and most of us put off that talk until the person's driving has become what we believe to be dangerous. 

That's why the California Highway Patrol implemented the Age Well, Drive Smart program to help families with this issue.

"When driving stops, mobility needs to continue," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "Senior drivers deserve counsel and assistance in looking for other options," Farrow said.

California's older driver population is nearing almost 3 million people. It is estimated that there will be over four million residents age 65 and older in California by the year 2020. 

The CHP invites California's older drivers to attend a free Age Well, Drive Smart class that provides them with the tools to driving safer and longer. The class is approximately two hours and is offered at local CHP offices as well as many senior centers within the community.

If you or a family member would like to attend an Age Well, Drive Smart class, contact your local CHP office by visiting www.chp.ca.gov

The program is supported by the Keeping Everyone Safe grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The Age Well, Drive Smart class provides education specifically designed to help seniors tune up their driving skills, refresh their rules of the road knowledge and also learn about normal age-related physical changes and how they affect driving ability. 

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