SOAR wants to help you arrive alive

Sam McNeish
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Driver training course offered to seniors

WEST AMHERST - How long has it been since you had formal driver training?

For many seniors it has been more years than they can count since they first got into a car to take a road test in an attempt to receive their drivers licensce.

The Springhill, Oxford, Amherst and Region Community Healthy Board (SOAR) is sponsoring a Drive Alive 55 program to help drivers over the age of 55 refresh their driving skills.

After years of driving, we pick up bad habits, Todd Benson, a member of the SOAR board said.

This course is designed to help improve and enhance driving skills, he added.

When seniors see a program like this, their first reaction is to avoid it as they feel a test and ultimately the loss of their driving privilege will follow.

This is not the case.

There is no drivers test at the end of the course. People get frightened for no reason and we want to assure everyone there will be no formal test, Stephanie Morris, a SOAR board co-ordinator said.

Driving skills are important for drivers of all ages. Statistics have shown that young drivers, generally inexperienced, have the greatest number of mishaps followed by seniors.

Dayle Wilson, a SOAR board member, who is also a senior, took extra time to investigate the program before giving it her stamp of approval.

This is a great update of driving knowledge, she said.

It helps you to identify bad habits you have developed, simple things like instead of just checking your mirrors before pulling away, turning your head and looking both ways, she added.

Space is available for 80 participants. If numbers warrant, a second session will be scheduled. To register, contact Stephanie Morris at 667-3331 or Pam Brown (after 5 p.m.) at 902-597-8272.

Organizations: SOAR board, Region Community Healthy Board

Geographic location: AMHERST, Oxford

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