March 17, 2006
Cowley offering safe driver classes
A popular safe driving course through the Institute of Lifetime Learning at Cowley College will be offered in Arkansas City.
The AARP 55 Alive Driver Safety Program is being offered April 6 and 7 in room 208 of the Webb Brown Academic Center.
Anyone with a valid Kansas driver’s license may take the course. Upon successful completion of the eight-hour refresher course, students can present the certificate to their insurance company and the company is mandated to give a discount on vehicle insurance.
Ed Hanna of Wichita, who has been teaching the AARP course for the last 14 years, said the topics will cover making proper left turns, yielding the right-of-way, following safe distances, hydroplaning, winter driving, skidding, the right turn lane, age-related changes that affect hearing, the impact of medications when driving, and Kansas laws.
Hanna trained volunteers who taught this course for six years, so he is very knowledgeable about the topics covered.
“Our functions start to deteriorate as we get older,” he said. “At age 50, we have 50 percent less light coming into our eyes than a person age 25 to 30, which makes it harder to drive at night.”
Persons who enroll in the course will be given a
manual and a copy of the Kansas Driver’s Handbook.
The cost is $10 to cover course handouts.
For more information, contact Margaret Neal, Cowley College Program Coordinator for the Institute of Lifetime Learning, at (620) 441-5286.