Driver education and training
Driver education and training programs are another way older drivers can stay safe and mobile. The Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging's Web site includes a search function that enables residents to find driver training resources in their county. To find a training program near you, visit http://www.i4a.org/search.php and click on driver training. Other driving education and training programs include the following.
- AARP's Driver Safety Program is the largest refresher course for drivers age 50 and older. To find a course near you or take the course online, click here or visit AARP's Web site at http://www.aarp.org/families/driver_safety.
- Iowa Mature Driver Program provides a self paced online course. To access this course, click here or visit http://mature.idrivesafely.com/Iowa.
- CarFit® is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with American Automobile Association (AAA), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. CarFit® offers older adults the opportunity to see how well their personal vehicles "fit" them. The program also provides information and materials for community-specific resources and activities that could make personal vehicles "fit" better, resources to enhance driver safety or increase mobility in the community. For information on CarFit® visit http://www.car-fit.org.
More information on the CarFit® program and where to find events in your area can be found on the vehicle page.
- DriveWell is a comprehensive information program designed to encourage older drivers to change when and how they drive. To access presentations, handouts and fact sheets, click here or visit the American Society on Aging's Web site at http://www.asaging.org.