OAKHURST — Driving is a complex skill that may diminish as a person ages. The ability to drive safely is affected by changes in one’s physical and mental conditions. Many of these changes take place as we get older, though in different ways and at different times.
To address these changes and the challenges they pose, the California Highway Patrol invites California’s older drivers to attend a free Age Well, Drive Smart class that provides them with the tools necessary for driving safer and driving longer. The class is approximately two hours and is offered at the Oakhurst CHP Office as well as many other locations within the community.
“This is a great way for our seniors to educate themselves, evaluate their driving abilities, and improve their driving skills,” says Officer Kaci Lutz, who presents these classes throughout the year.
The class covers various topics ranging from California driving laws, and safe driving practices, to the effects of aging on a person’s ability to drive safely.
It is not uncommon for senior drivers to be unaware or deny changes in their physical or mental conditions which negatively affect their ability to drive safely, says the CHP. Therefore, the program includes a self-assessment component to assist senior drivers with identifying these changes and providing possible corrective options.
The first Age well, Drive Smart class of the year will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Oakhurst CHP Office. Please call now to reserve your spot. Officer Lutz can be reached at 559-658-6611.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.