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

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

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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