Many of us have not read a driver license handbook since we were 16. For some, that’s more than 50 years ago. In that time, driving laws have changed and the law of gravity has caught up to us. It is time to remedy one of those problems – with a driving refresher or safety school. We can do it by attending a local class or going online.

Local classes update you on changes in traffic laws, signs and signals, and offer safe driving tips. Some also offer behind-the-wheel assessments to sharpen your individual driving skills. Call your auto insurance company to see if it offers a discount for successful completion of a driver safety program.

The best known programs are offered by AARP, the National Safety Council and AAA (or Google “senior driving course” or “mature driving course.”)

Both online and in-class courses are offered by AARP. Visit or call 888-AARP-NOW (227-7669) for info on the “55 Alive Mature Driver Program. The classroom course costs $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. The cost for the online course is $15.95 for members and $19.95 for nonmembers.

To locate a classroom course call toll-free 1-888-AARP-NOW (1-888-227-7669) or visit Course times, dates and locations are listed along with a phone number to register. To register for the online course, visit


AAA offers its AAA Driver Improvement Program designed to help senior drivers be safer while staying behind the wheel longer. The program is specifically for drivers 55 and older. It delivers tips and techniques to help experienced drivers compensate for changing vision, reflexes and response time; understand how prescription medications may affect driving; and drive defensively in a variety of situations. Call your local AAA for course schedules and locations.


The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) also offers a program with AAA and AARP for senior drivers, see:

National Safety Council

Contact the National Safety Council for information on its “Coaching the Mature Driver Program.” For a training center near you, call 1-800-621-7619 or 1-800-621-6244 or visit and click on “Safety on the Road.”

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11 responses to “Is it Time for Your Senior Driving Safety Course?

  1. How do I find out the locations for the driving course near where I live? If you have this information available I live in zip code 22304. Thank you

    1. Hi Arlene,

      To find out locations for driving courses near you, we encourage you to contact your local NMEDA dealer here. Looking at your zip code, the closest one is Oneness Mobility Services, their number is (866) 570-6686.

  2. I am 76yrs of age and would like to take the safety drivers course near my home.
    2911 7th ave. Pueblo, Colorado 81008 ty

  3. I live in Parsons, WV and have been taking the defensive classes when given in Parsons. MY husband and I would like to take the class
    but don’t know where or when it is given.

  4. Harder every time to find a class for refresh 4 hour classes. Townships aren’t hosting many this year. Choices are few and far between. AAA will not recognize the AARP courses. They insist we take an AAA eight hour course again to use their facilities. Why is there such a difference?? Both courses are the same and insurance companies don’t care, so why the stink?? The AAA has no benefits that we need and their dues are too much money. What gives???

  5. It makes sense that senior citizens could benefit from driving safety courses. My grandfather has recently gotten a lot of traffic violations and it has me concerned. I definitely think that we should consider finding a safety course that could help him to be a lot more confident and alert.