Resources available for older drivers, loved ones
HARRISBURG - Older Driver Safety Awareness Week is recognized nationally through Friday, and there are several resources available to help keep drivers of all ages safe in Pennsylvania.
One way older drivers and their families can help lessen the chances of a crash is to take advantage of approved classroom and online driver-improvement courses available for older drivers. Courses are offered statewide and fees vary.
A list of organizations offering the courses is available at www.JustDrivePA.com at the "Older Driver" link under the Traffic Safety Information tab.
An added benefit to taking approved driver-improvement courses is reduced insurance costs.
If an older driver's friends or family are concerned the driver may not have the capacity to safely operate a vehicle any longer, a list of warning signs, safety tips and a "Talking with Older Drivers" publication is available on the "Older Driver" page at www.JustDrivePA.com.
Older drivers who no longer drive have mobility options through two state public transportation programs. Public fixed-route bus service is available for free to senior citizens 65 and older. In addition, through the Shared Ride Program for Senior Citizens, advance reservation, curb-to-curb service is available in every Pennsylvania county for free or at a discounted rate. More information is available at www.PAcommutes.com.