CONCORD -- Cars have changed, along with traffic rules and driving conditions since many of us learned to drive decades ago. To help drivers stay safe, the Emerson Hospital Center for Sports Rehabilitation and Specialty Services is hosting an AARP Driver Safety Program on Thursday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at its Health and Wellness Center, 310 Baker Avenue Extension.

Hosted by Emerson Hospital and led by an AARP consultant, this five-hour classroom refresher course encourages drivers to review the rules of the road, better understand the updated technology in new vehicles and learn strategies to compensate for age-related changes in vision, hearing and response time.

Materials, including a textbook, cost $15 for AARP members or $20 for nonmembers, with coffee and light lunch included. Some car insurance programs give a discount for people who take the class, you can inquire with your insurance agent. Topics covered include how cars, roads and drivers have changed in the years since many of us learned to drive. There is no written exam or driving test, and participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Parking is free at the Health and Wellness Center, which is located at 310 Baker Avenue Extension, Concord, less than a mile from Emerson Hospital. From Route 2, look for signs to Baker Avenue Extension (across from Best Western and Paparazzi) and then for the Concord Meadows Corporate Center, located at 300-310 Baker Avenue, which is on the right.


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Drive through the parking lot; the center is located in the Emerson Health System building, before Welch's.

For more information and to register, call Michele Dolan at 978-287-8244. Class size is limited so please call to register.