OAKHURST – Most people change how they drive as they age, choosing to drive only during daylight hours, limiting where they drive, or cutting back on how often they drive. It is important to plan ahead and take the necessary steps to ensure older drivers remain safe while behind the wheel.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) implemented the Age Well, Drive Smart Program to assist older drivers and their families with this issue. The program was designed to provide older drivers with the tools to remain safe on the road.
At times, driving appears to be relatively easy, but in fact it is a complex skill. The ability to drive safely is affected by changes in our physical and mental conditions. Many of these changes take place as we get older, though in different ways and at different times.
The CHP invites California’s older drivers to attend a free Age Well, Drive Smart class that provides older drivers the tools to driving safer and driving longer. The class is approximately two hours and is offered at your local CHP Area Office, 40500 Redbud Drive in Oakhurst, as well as many senior centers within the community. The class is a great way for our seniors to educate themselves, evaluate their driving abilities, and improve their driving skills.
If you and/or a family member would like to attend a free Age Well, Drive Smart class, please contact your local CHP Public Information Officer, Kaci Lutz at 559-658-6611 .
The next Age Well, Drive Smart class will be held at the Oakhurst CHP Area Office on Friday, Nov., 20, at 10 a.m. Please call 559-658-6611 to reserve your spot.