New Driver’s Ed Class Helping to Reduce Risks of Car Accidents in Florida among Seniors

There’s a new driver’s education program in session. This one, however, isn’t letting drivers behind the wheel and testing them on their three-point turn skills. The new class is having students stretch to strengthen their ankles and loosen their neck muscles, according to Inforum. All of these exercises are used to help to reduce the risks of a car accident in Boca Raton and elsewhere, just as any other driver’s education class would. But this one’s different.

Ramiro C. Acosta has a new class is helping senior drivers to increase their safety behind the wheel. Our Boca Raton car accident attorneys a understand aging is a part of life. What you can avoid is a potentially fatal car accident by knowing when it’s time to give up the keys and stay out of the driver’s seat. Turning in your keys doesn’t mean losing your independence. Rather, it means showing you’re strong enough to protect your community and fellow motorists.

Acosta is a coordinator of AARP’s Driver Safety Program. He is a 75-year-old instructor who truly understands what his students are going through. He teaches six-hour driver’s education classes in Florida at the Regional Medical Center. Discussed in these classes are ways to prevent car accidents and new safety features that can help increase their safety behind the wheel. AARP members can attend the class for $12. Everyone else can come for $14.

A majority of the students in these classes are retirees looking to get a discount on their car insurance rates. Even if they’re just there for the discount, Acosta is hoping the elderly students take home more than savings — safe driving habits.

The AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety, AARP and the Florida Department of Transportation are all taking note of the increasing class sizes. Some believe that if these classes remain this popular, drivers could potentially stay behind the wheel for longer periods of time. The state of Florida holds five of the country’s top 10 cities with the highest median age for drivers, Hialeah and Fort Lauderdale included.

About 17 percent of the Sunshine State’s population is residents over the age of 64. Yet this age group accounts for nearly 20 percent of the state’s drivers. As the baby boomer generation ages, experts predict that in 2030, Florida residents over the age of 64 will account for nearly 30 percent of the state’s population and about one out of every four drivers.

Senior drivers are usually unaware of the effects that aging has on their skills behind the wheel. These classes are hoping to get this topic floating through the elderly population, bringing more awareness to safe driving habits for elderly drivers.