CHP’s Age Well, Drive Smart Classes
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has just issued a press release about their Age Well, Drive Smart Classes to help seniors maintain their independence. These classes are specifically geared to the needs of older drivers. Classes will help to refresh elderly drivers on the rules of the road, and also help them to learn about how age-related physical changes can impact their driving abilities. These classes are also a great way to broach a difficult subject with loved ones who are steadfastly trying to hold on to their independence.
CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow is calling on senior drivers to participate in continued educational events, like the Age Well, Drive Smart Classes, to help maintain and extend their safe driving years. The CHP understands the importance and necessity of independence for older drivers across the state and wants to support safe driving practices.
Drive Well Toolkit
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also offers older drivers and their loved ones a variety of great resources. Their Drive Well Toolkit is specifically tailored to promoting older driver safety and mobility in communities across the country. Educational resources available include information on understanding issues related to older drivers and later-life independency and mobility and plans and public information events to assist older drivers and their loved ones.
Sign up for the Age Well, Drive Smart Class
If you or a loved one would like to sign up for an Age Well, Drive Smart Class, you need to get in touch with your local CHP office. Listed below is the contact information for the San Diego and Santa Barbara CHP offices.
San Diego CHP Office
4902 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92110
Santa Barbara CHP Office
6465 Calle Real
Goleta, CA 93117
Age Well, Drive Smart
In addition to driving skills refresher courses, the program will also help older drivers and their loved ones determine when it’s time to hang up the keys. Older drivers and family members should note that the class isn’t aimed at taking away the mobility and independence of senior citizens. It’s about education and safety. There will also be information about alternative transportation options. Older drivers and their loved ones are encouraged not to wait until it’s too late. One accident is one accident too many.