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Seniors Offered “Keys” To Safe Driving Skills

As the number of older drivers continues to grow, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is determined to help them maintain their driving independence for as long as they can safely drive. Through the support of a yearlong federal grant, Keeping Everyone Safe (KEYS) XII, the CHP will continue its traffic safety program that places an emphasis on roadway safety and mobility for California’s seniors.

The overall goal of the grant-funded Age Well, Drive Smart program is to reduce the number of fatal and injury crashes caused by drivers aged 65 and older. The program focuses on safe driving practices and current California driving laws. The curriculum also addresses the physical and mental changes associated with aging that can affect a person’s driving skills, while offering possible corrective options.

“As we get older, we gain valuable experience including driving skills. However, age can also introduce new challenges,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley. “The Age Well, Drive Smart program is intended to assist California’s most experienced drivers in evaluating their own abilities and improving on them.”

To attend a free, two-hour Age Well, Drive Smart class, contact the nearest CHP Area office. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, online courses may be available.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.