QUESTION: I need to renew my driver’s license and am nervous about taking the test. Do you have any suggestions on where I can turn for help?
ANSWER: You didn’t indicate in your question whether you are talking about taking the road test or the written test, so I’ll address both.
If your renewal notice indicates that you will be required to take a “behind the wheel” test, I suggest you might consider taking a few refresher lessons from a local driving school. This would allow you to be observed by a professional so any bad habits, if you have any, can be pointed out and corrected.
Having a few lessons behind you will very likely make you more confident and relaxed when taking the actual test.
To brush up on the rules of the road that are included on the written test, I have several suggestions.
First, if you have not taken advantage of AARP’s Driver Safety Program class, I strongly suggest you sign up to take it. Most senior centers offer this class. The initial class consists of two four-hour sessions that review the rules of the road and address changes that occur in our bodies as we age that most certainly affect how we drive. Completion of the class not only provides you with confidence about your driving, but also qualifies you for a small discount on your automobile insurance. The fee for this class is $15 if you are an AARP member or $20 for nonmembers.
In addition, the Senior Advocate offers a seminar — “Will You Pass Your Next Driving Test?” that addresses how to study for the written test. The next seminar will be from 1:30-3 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley. For reservations, call 583-6363.
The presentation provides hints on how to study for the written test and points out what you should concentrate on if required to take a road test. The presentation aims to make seniors more comfortable in the test environment.
If a road test is required, I suggest you take advantage of all of these opportunities. If you are only required to take the written test, I recommend that you take both seminars. Good luck.