Victorville CHP Presents Age Well, Drive Smart Safety Class for Seniors

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Victorville)- – Senior drivers have a lot of experience behind the wheel, and could probably teach the rest of us a thing or two about being safer drivers.  But as they age, sometimes we need to look out for them and their safety. The California Highway Patrol is going to do just that when they present their “Age Well, Drive Smart” Safety Class on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 9:00 a.m., at the Victorville CHP Office.

This free 90-minute course covers the challenges that senior drivers face on the road today and the measures they can take to drive safely.  For example, instructors will talk about medications and the need to avoid mixing drugs that could impair seniors’ ability to drive, the need for vision checkups, and ways to map safe travel routes.

Officer Joaquin Zubieta with the Victorville CHP office went a little more in depth on what is covered in class, “The challenges that seniors face on the road here in the High Desert include a little bit of everything: Their eyesight – have they checked their eyesight lately? What kind of medications are they taking? Have they changed their medications? Are there new physical impairments they’ve come across?”

He continued, “I think the biggest thing that we try to get them to think about is: when are they going to stop driving? It’s different for each person because age affects people differently. There’s no set age. It is a personal choice that we all have to make.”

Another topic that is covered in the course is ways for seniors to map safe routes.  Many seniors are not used to relying on GPS or a computer to get to where they need to go. Zubieta explained that especially when it rains and snows, or when there are road closures, it is even more important for seniors to know which roads are safe; also who to call to find out if the roads are open and find out if there is any construction or road closures that might be in their way. “We give them all of that information so they can plan their trip accordingly. This way they will know which roads are better for driving.”

For information or to make reservations, call 760-241-1186.

The class is Saturday, February 4th at 9:00 a.m., at the Victorville CHP Office, 14210 Amargosa Road in Victorville.

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