Congratulations to the “Smart Senior Drivers” who completed the AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE on Saturday, March 3rd at the Township! Thanks also to Friends for Downers Grove Township Seniors (FFDGTS) for their support!

What’s a “smart” driver you ask? Anyone who successfully attends and completes an AARP Smart Driver Course.  Any age can take the class, but those 55 and older are eligible to receive a discount from their car insurance companies. It’s an Illinois mandate!

The instructors from AARP, George Goodwin and Sue Scharping, provided plenty of helpful information to increase awareness about defensive driving, and shared how aging can begin to effect skill levels. Although accident statistics are still fairly flat between 55-65, there’s a definite increase in accidents as we age past 65. They suggested various adjustments be made in order to enhance positive driving behaviors. Additionally, they illustrated how to “fit” properly in your car. Who knew there was a proper way? Yet, it can ALL make a difference if involved in a fender bender or major accident.

Friends for Downers Grove Township Seniors (FFDGTS), kindly provided the morning treats and luncheon that was served. FFDGTS is a not-for-profit, which promotes the well-being of all Township seniors through referral services and other resources. Most notably, their donation helped reduce the Dial-A-Ride program cost for Township seniors and persons with disabilities in recent years. Currently, they’re supporting ways to increase our communication outreach to adults 55 years and older.

I highly recommend taking this class! Most venues who host the class offer it in 2-day sessions of 4 hours each. The Township collaborates with AARP annually to teach the class in one 8-hour session. This one-day session is the only one in the area! The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. That’s a terrific value! Let’s face it we can all learn something about driving more safely in today’s environment.

Don’t forget our FREE Car Care Clinic on September 29th from 8am-11am : Westmont Fire Department – 6015 S. Cass Avenue, Westmont. Each car receives a multi-point car inspection from local volunteer mechanics, and AARP will provide a CarFit inspection for each driver!

For other locations click on the link below:

Within Township boundaries there are courses coming up at the following locations:

Darien Park District- 630 – 968-6400

Downers Grove Park District – 630-960-7500

Westmont Park District – 630-969-8080

The Community House –  630-323-7500


Cathy Rager
Senior Services Coordinator
Downers Grove Township
Phone: 630-719-6686


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