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AARP Free Driver Safety Class for all Veterans

November 6, 2011
By KATHLEEN KOCH, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

Safe driving can be a challenge for any driver due to change, but can get increasingly harder with age physical or mental abilities. During November, all veterans and current members of the military regardless of age or membership in AARP are welcome to attend a Driver Safety Class for free. Spouses can attend free and will receive a certificate. Participants need to register in advance with Sue Heistand at Iowa Central Community College, 574-1293.

A Driver Safety Class will be held Tuesday instructed by Allan Demorest. Demorest has been a chief trainer for the State of Iowa AARP Driver Safety Program since 2001.

"Our goal is to teach defensive driving, changes that have occurred since we began driving in roads, our vehicles and ourselves and strategies we can adopt to deal with these changes to improve our driving skills and avoid crashes," said Demorest. "I love to teach and the fact that it may save someone's life driving or someone else on the road, brings me peace."

The Driver Safety class is designed to show the importance of training older drivers and how to prevent crashes in the changing driving environments. Participants will receive a certification of completion at the end of the course which could result in a discount from auto insurance companies.

"Good driving is not about age, it's about surroundings while driving and your own physical and mental capabilities. We teach the Driver Safety class to save lives," Demorest said.

Contact Kathleen Koch at (515) 573-2141 or

Fact Box

If you go:

What: AARP Driver Safety Program

When: Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 4:45 to 8:45 p.m.

Where: Iowa Central Community College Career Educational Building, Room 110



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