La Costa Glen residents are working to sharpen their driving skills for the road. AARP instructor Les Besser is teaching his fellow residents the importance of staying safe while behind the wheel.
“Just because we get older, doesn’t mean we won’t be able to drive,” said Besser “Perhaps, there’s some programs and adjustments we can do to drive safely.”
The safe driving courses were launched earlier this year at the community. Since that time, more than 30 people have taken the 8-hour course each month.
The class is designed specifically for older adult drivers to help them learn new driving rules and regulations implemented since they first received their driver’s licenses. Residents are gaining greater appreciation of driving challenges, improving their understanding of how to avoid potential collisions and reducing risk of injury.
Residents understand the importance of staying sharp and up to speed on the rules of the road as La Costa Glen promotes an active yet secure lifestyle for seniors. AAA estimates that by the year 2030, 70 million Americans will be over the age of 65 – 85% of them will be licensed to drive.
The first AARP instructor training session was held in September 2018. Les Besser was joined by AARP instructors as they watch the La Costa Glen residents take to the road. The instructors provided an examination of each driver and gave tips for ways to stay safe.
“They watch the person get into the car to see how they reach the controls,” added Besser. “They’re looking at the headrest, how far is the steering wheel, can they reach the foot pedals and controls properly?”
Read more about the classes in our Resident’s Corner.
Watch the video of residents putting their driving skills to the test on KNTV.