My insurance agent said if I completed the AARP Smart Driver course I could cut some money off my premium. If my husband did it too, even more. I saw the course listing close to my home on a Saturday this summer and fall. I just could not give up a whole day until I saw the course offered in November.
The course was interesting and not as boring as I thought. Could be I expected the worst and when that didn’t happen I was pleased as punch. Some of the students were required to be there from the Courts. Who knew?
So since I am now a “Smart” driver I thought I would share a few smart facts I learned from the course.
- Keep 2 accident forms in your car.
The advantage is if you are in a fender bender or accident you have one and can give one to the other person to file as well. You can pick up the forms at the DMV.
- If in an accident take pictures with your cell phone of the accident, the other vehicle and the other individual’s license.
Have on hand current pictures of your car so you can verify new dents.
- Change your windshield wipers once a year.
Here in the rainy Pacific Northwest, it is advised to change your wipers when you change the clocks in the fall.
- A half a lemon can clean headlights and windshield wipers.
Cleaning your headlights is important. They pick up a lot of grime and the lemon trick works!
- Left turns really can be dangerous.
I used to work with a woman who never took a left turn. I just thought she was odd but she was right. More accidents occur by taking a left.
- Stay nimble so you can move your neck.
Not everyone drives a car that has a screen for backing up. You need to be nimble enough to turn your head.
Have you taken the over 50 AARP driver’s course? Did you already know about my fun facts?