Safe driving for seniors

Collision prevention courses

If you’re a licensed driver age 55 or over, consider taking a collision prevention course to:

  • Learn about normal age-related physical changes, and how to adapt your driving to allow for these changes.
  • Update your knowledge of the rules of the road and good driving skills.
  • Reduce your chances of being in a collision and being injured or getting a ticket.
  • Learn to drive more safely.
  • Get a car insurance discount.

What you’ll learn

  • The effects of aging on your driving.
  • Driver problem areas such as yielding the right of way, speeding, following distances, sharing the road, road signs, and signals.
  • How to limit your distractions.
  • How to properly use safety restraints (seat belts, air bags).
  • What effects medications and alcohol can have on your driving.
  • The importance of maintaining a safe vehicle.

How to apply for an insurance discount

After you’ve completed the 8-hour collision prevention course, you’ll be issued a certificate. Contact your insurance company to get instructions about how to send them the certificate or find out what your insurance rate reduction will be.

Approved courses

The following providers offer Department of Licensing-approved collision prevention courses for senior drivers. These courses may be provided through a variety of methods, such as conventional classes, online classes, or videos.

  • AAA Washington
    1745 114th Avenue SE
    Bellevue, Washington 98004
    Phone: 800.562.2582
    Contact: Dave Overstreet
    Online class available
  • AARP®
    601 E Street NW
    Washington, DC 20049
    Phone: 888.227.7669
    Online class available
  • I Drive Safely
    Phone: 800.723.1955
    Online class only
  • Washington Traffic Safety Education Association
    PO Box 264
    Olympia, Washington 98507-0264
    Phone: 360.480.5330
    Contact: Gerry Apple

How to start a program in your area

If you’re interested in starting a senior driver collision prevention course, consider the following:

  • Courses must be a minimum of 8-hours in length.
  • Curriculum must be reviewed and approved by the Department of Licensing.
  • Courses must be recertified every 2 years.

You may request guidelines and curriculum criteria by contacting us at:

Department of Licensing
PO Box 9030
Olympia, Washington 98507-9030

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