Course helps seasoned drivers brush up on behind-the-wheel safety

<p>The AARP Smart Driver Program is designed to help any driver boost safety awareness, refresh and improve driving skills, minimize crash risks, increase confidence, prolong mobility, and maintain independence.</p>stockBoomers & Beyond

<p class="indent">Surely there isn’t a person out there who doesn’t enjoy getting a good discount on something. With the AARP Smart Driver Program, folks can get a discount on car insurance while also learning about being safer drivers. It’s a win-win for everyone.

<p class="indent">The course is reportedly the nation’s largest classroom and online driver safety course and is geared to drivers 50 and older.

<p class="indent">The AARP Smart Driver Program has been offered for more than 30 years by trained instructors and must be taken every three years in order to be current for the automobile insurance discount.

<p class="indent">Why take a class such as this?

<p class="indent">There are many and varied reasons why it may be helpful for people to sign up for the Smart Driver Program.

<p class="indent">The course is designed to help any driver boost safety awareness, refresh and improve driving skills, minimize crash risks, increase confidence, prolong mobility, and maintain independence.

<p class="indent">Each person completing the four-hour class may receive up to three years in auto insurance savings and should check with their individual insurance carrier for verification of the discount.

<p class="indent">The cost for a certified course is $15 for AARP members (AARP card required) and $20 for nonmembers. There are no written or driving tests.

<p class="indent">Pre-registration for the course is required.

<p class="indent">Some of the classes for this month have already taken place. The following are the remaining times and locations for classes in September:

<p class="indent">• <strong>Tuesday, Sept. 25</strong>: 1 p.m., St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church, 1500 Country Club Rd., Room 304. To register, call Armin Brahm, instructor, at 337-842-8201.

<p class="indent">• <strong>Tuesday, Sept. 25</strong>: 9 a.m., Dynamic Dimensons, 545 Cypress St., Sulphur. To register, call Armin Brahm, instructor, at 337-842-8201.

<p class="indent">Additional local AARP Smart Driver Program instructors include Paul Arnold, Verlin Sonnier, and Tonya Goss. All instructors are unpaid volunteers.

<p class="indent">After you take the class, perhaps you’ll sign up to be a volunteer too and then you can help others learn how to be safe drivers.

<hr /><p class="indent"><em>For future scheduled classes, visit: <a href="https://local.aarp.org/lakecharles-la/aarp-events/" target="_blank"><strong>local.aarp.org/lakecharles-la/aarp-events/</strong></a>.</em>

Business

Business, industry thought leaders George Swift and Daniel Groft optimistic about future of SW La.

Informer

The Informer: Mowing pad being created for cable barrier along I-210

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:A busy November in 1966

Crime

Civil rights attorney: Charges in newspaper attack should have been upgraded to hate crime, attempted murder

Local News

Welsh High’s LEAP scores among top in state

life

A grave task: Helping hands clean up, beautify historic Bilbo Cemetery

life

VIDEO: Volunteer work day to beautify Bilbo Cemetery

Crime

8/13: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

life

Lake Charles’ Got Talent: Today’s event pairs local celebrities with Barbe Bluebelles

Local News

Tropical cyclone development remains low across western Gulf

Local News

Portion of La. in Lake Arthur renamed in honor of Fox

Local News

Unrestrained passenger killed in single-vehicle crash

Local News

La. abortion ban holds in court once again

Crime

UPDATE: Husband, wife both charged with molestation, cruelty

life

Classes back in session: Lake Charles Charter begins 12th year

Crime

UPDATE: Reward offered in Oakdale homicide

life

Gerald Sims: A neighborly neighbor that others can count on

Crime

One arrested, one sought in molestation case

Local News

Two Police Jury buildings closed due to water main break

Local News

La. continues to average 1,500-3,000 COVID cases daily

Crime

Nephew arrested after fight with uncle

Local News

Drink and Draw: CYPHACON social event allows ‘like-minded geeks’ to gather, have fun

Local News

Fort Polk name change could cost $1.4M

Local News

Kathleen Mayo: She’s had passion for teaching since age 9