AARP offers free defensive driving course to S.D. veterans

AARP is offering free classroom defensive driving courses in South Dakota and across the country to recognize veterans as well as current military personnel for their service during the month of November.  Military personnel of all ages and spouses with military identification are eligible to take AARP's Driver Safety Program free of charge throughout the month.  The course normally costs $14 for nonmembers and $12 for members.

Whether you're active duty, retired, guard, or reserve – you're eligible for this free, four-hour course which provides tips on driving safely.  From how to minimize the effects of dangerous blind spots to maintaining the proper following distance behind another car – our instructors will help you remember the rules of the road so that you can drive more confidently.

With classes offered in a number of communities throughout South Dakota, non-active duty veterans should have little difficulty finding a class that's conveniently located.  Classes are limited in size, however, so those interested should call early to find a class that fits their needs.

Once you sign up, all you need to remember is to bring your valid military identification to the classroom.  We'll accept military ID, discharge papers (DD Form 214), American Legion cards, dependent ID cards or Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) cards.

All participating veterans will be asked to complete a Veteran Participation Form as part of the course, which will be provided on site by the instructor.

To locate a Driver Safety course near you, visit or call 1-888-227-7669 (AARP NOW).

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