Defensive driving courses can reduce your auto insurance rates.
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Defensive driving courses can reduce your auto insurance rates.

Driver Safety Courses

AARP Driver Refresher Courses

This classroom course is offered by the AARP for a fee of $20.00 for current AARP members, or $25.00 for non-members. This is the nation's oldest refresher course for all drivers, with a focus on older adults. There are no tests and the entire course is classroom based. Way2Go offers these workshops in partnership with the AARP quarterly.

Senior Drivers, Alternative Transportation, & Family Conversations

Older drivers and their friends and family are often concerned with whether and how older drivers can stay safe longer, alternative ways of getting around, and family conversations and decisions around these issues. Way2Go can consult with individuals, family members, or helping professionals to offer information and resources on all of these topics. 

Check the right hand column for upcoming workshops or events, or give us a call with questions or requests. You can also visit Lifelong online to view their course catalog.

Topics covered include:

  • Facts and stats on aging's effects on driving
  • What drivers can do to stay safer longer
  • Types and benefits of driver assessments
  • Tips for effective family conversations
  • Options for when safety is an ongoing concern
  • Medical transportation information
  • Information on using transit, and ½ price TCAT passes for seniors
  • Gadabout and ADA Paratransit services 
  • Volunteer driver programs
  • Carsharing and ridesharing in Tompkins County

Other Driving Resources:

TST BOCES Defensive Driving Course
Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES offers a six hour Defensive Driving course. Call 607-257-1561 to register, or email: smurphy@tstboces.org for more information.

Big Red Bell Driving School
Learn to drive with patient skilled NYS licensed instructors who have been teaching for the Big Red Bell Driving School for many years. Special attention given to: Foreign Students, Young Drivers, Senior Citizens, Road Test Preparation, Highway Driving, Nervous Drivers & Defensive Driving. Call 607-273-5880 or email for more information.

Other Useful Links

Online Defensive Driving Courses
Visit the New York Safety Council for information on choosing an online driving course.

Defensive Driving and Classes for Older Adults
The AARP web site offers information - including the location of defensive driving classes -- specific to the needs of older adults.

The NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
Visit the DMV for additional information on point reduction and classroom or online courses.

DMV Practive Tests around the US
Find DMV Practice Test for New York State or other states in the US.

Roadside Assistance
Visit AAA of Western & Central NY, Allstate Motor Club,or Better World Club for roadside assistance.

Child vehicle safety Programs
Visit Tompkins County Child Seat Program or Ithaca City Car Seat program for vehicle child safety activities.

Last updated October 10, 2017