You could save on auto insurance when you complete the AARP Smart Driver course! Get a free phone charging set with promo code AARP6.

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Just went to register for the online driving safety course which I thoiught something AARP was doing for its mambership. Should have known that they were trying to get more money from me. They wanted to charge me 19.95 for an online course which is set up in a browser for you to take so no person is lecturing to you. To top it off they also received a large grant from Toyota.

 

I have been a member since I was around 50 and I am 70 now, I find this class offering's charge of 19.95 to be an insult to its membership and a reflection of the greed of this organization. Please join with me and complain. Only reason I am considering this course is for a possible discount from my iinsuranc company.

 

Here is what they said in the email sent to me:

 

Dear James,
It's been about 3 years since you took the AARP Smart Driver online course. We've made a lot of changes since then! Completing our newly improved course is a great way to refresh your driving skills and could even make you eligible for a discount on your auto insurance.* It's a simple way to stay safe and save money.
By retaking the course, you'll learn ??'s latest traffic laws along with:
Important facts about the effects of medication on driving
Proper use of seatbelts, air bags, and antilock brakes
How to reduce driver distractions
TOYOTAThis program is supported by a generous grant from Toyota to AARP Foundation.
*Upon completion you may be eligible to receive an auto insurance discount. Other restrictions may apply. Consult your agent for details.

 

 

I made one modification above, replacing my state initials with ??.No mention of a charge here nor in the mail sent to mail sent to my address. Quite honestly I am furious with AARP.

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My wife and I live in Western Montana, and I wanted to save on my car insurance too.  When I saw how much they wanted for each of us for the online option, I decided to call my local Senior Citizen Center who offers the same class for $10 per person.  My wife and I made it a "date", and the face-to-face class was superior to anything online.  Questions and answers and clarifications were a feast of information.  I learned so many "new" things, it was well worth the time and lunch money to attend.  Also, the class instructor was able to talk faster, assure all of us faster, and we got out early!

 

However, the big disappointment was how much I saved on my car insurance.  I had heard rumors (Get $50 to $100 or more per year OFF your car insurance).  Well, that may be so for the more expensive insurance companies, but all I got was $8 off a year!  The upside is that my car insurance company is not only one of the best in the nation, but also very, very inexpensive.  I am insured with USAA .

 

My wife and I will go to the face-to-face class again in a couple of years.  It was fun, and the lunch we had that afternoon was a real date.

 

PS:  I became a Lifetime Member of AARP in the 1990's for $50.  The lifetime has gone up since then, but it is well worth the upgrade - provided we have some years ahead to enjoy it.

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Hi @visitor200: Thank you for the great feedback on the AARP Smart Driver course. We’re happy to know you and your wife made it a fun outing and enjoyed it, while also learning new, valuable information. The curriculum was developed following a two-year research study and has shown to help drivers stay current with driving laws and new vehicles technology, and learn defensive driving skills and proven safety strategies.

We’re sorry you were disappointed in your insurance discount. Unfortunately that is not determined by AARP. The rules for insurance discounts vary by state and by insurance carrier. Therefore, we always encourage our members to consult with their insurance agent for more details, as it is on a case-by-case basis. 

It's great to hear you’ll be taking the course again in a couple of years. We look forward to having you and your wife join us again, and hope your experience is just as enjoyable and educational.

Thank you again for the feedback, and thank you for being a member!

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Hi @JimR45: AARP Driver Safety is the nation’s first and largest older driver initiative and is AARP’s leading authority on best practices for healthy and safe drivers age 50 and over. For more than 35 years, we’ve delivered on our mission to promote independence and enhance the quality of life of older drivers through our award-winning, research-based educational programs. Your community is just one of the communities nationwide our program is having a positive impact by making drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and roads safer.

 

Provding a valuable, educational offering nationwide comes at a small cost, which is reflected in our course pricing. Our nominal course fees are necessary to cover the printing of our comprehensive participant guidebook, course administration costs including completion certificates, and the maintenance and updating of our online course website to ensure it is always running smoothly for the tens of thousands of people who take it monthly.

Furthermore, fees for our classroom and online courses are either in line or lower than the driving courses offered by other companies or organizations. In fact, if you apply our promotional discount for the month of February, our online course price for AARP members is the lowest on the market at just $13.97. If you would prefer the classroom course, you can find one near you using our Course Locator at www.aarp.org/findacourse. We strongly believe that the nominal cost of the course is outweighed by the greater knowledge and potential insurance savings that participants gain by completing our course. We encourage all prospective participants to check with their local insurance agent prior to taking our classroom or online course in order to assess if they are eligible for a discount on their auto insurance policy.

 

As for the grant from Toyota, its purpose was to support the AARP Foundation’s initiatives to reduce isolation and promote driver safety among older Americans. The initial three-year grant ended in 2014, but in that time AARP Foundation contracted with AARP Driver Safety to:

  • * Collaborate with the nation’s experts to develop our award-winning AARP Smart Driver course curriculum, which launched in 2014 and incorporates the most innovative approaches and advancements in driver education;
  • * Build awareness among older drivers and younger caregivers on the importance of keeping one’s driving skills sharp and up-to-date; and
  • * Broaden awareness of the program in multicultural communities and recruit new volunteers.

More than 4,000 unpaid volunteers deliver our course to approximately 500,000 participants in local communities like yours across the country each year. Additionally, the course meeting rooms are generously donated by host organizations, such as libraries, hospitals, senior centers, and other community-based organizations. We are so grateful for the generosity, dedication and support of our volunteers and host organizations, as well as additional support from other partners like Toyota.

 

I hope that this information is helpful and addresses your concerns. Thank you for your membership and participation in the Online Community!

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AARPLynne,

 

How can one get the promotional discount?

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Hello @FortFun: To receive the promotional 30% discount, please visit http://www.aarpdriversafety.org/socialmedia.html and be sure to apply the promo code.

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Thanks.

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In 2013 my wife and I took the AARP driver safety course given at one of our county administration buildings. The course cost $15 a piece which included all books and materials.

 

After completion we were given a certificate of completion which we took to our insurance agent. We are now each given a $20 deduction (total $40) on our automobile insurance each year. They credit it as a “senior defensive driving course”.

 

For us this course has be a tremendous savings on our insurance premiums each year, plus you do learn a lot about defensive driving technics.

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Let me treat portions of your reply:

1. For the online course the following have no relevance as there is nothing to do : "necessary to cover the printing of our comprehensive participant guidebook, course administration costs including completion certificates,..."

 No printing is required for the comprehensive participant guidebook as we do that ourselves or read material online. We print out our own completion certificates so again no cost to you.

2. updating of our online course website

If this was the case why are we not already charged for accessing your website online, or is it because we pay for that with our fees.

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always running smoothly

You have to maintain your servers with IT staff who would also maintain these sites. I had woked in IT for over 30 years and have a very good idea of what it takes to maintain servers

4.  Regarding Toyota, your ad does not say what you are saying now, as it states: "
This program is supported by a generous grant from Toyota to AARP Foundation." but now you are saying it previously funded. However you do mention ongoing contributions from other organizations which may include Toyota.


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More than 4,000 unpaid volunteers deliver our course to approximately 500,000 participants in local communities like yours across the country each year."

So you also have unpaid staff for delivering courses, yet you still want to charge your own membership.

Let's be honest. Isn't this course just another method for AARP to make more money?


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"In 2013 my wife and I took the AARP driver safety course .....course cost $15 a piece ...

took to our insurance agent. We are now each given a $20 deduction .....on our automobile insurance each year.

 

For us this course has be a tremendous savings on our insurance premiums each year......."

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Tremendous savings?   Er,  um.   

 

Lesseee.  For the first year (12 months) your net savings was $5   (Discount $20 less $15 cost of taking class)

 

For the next 12 months, yes,  your net savings would be $20.  Altho 20 bucks is 20 bucks,   few would describe that as "tremendous". 

 

As for the 3rd and subsequent years  - get ready to open your pocketbook again.  My insurance co. (not USAA) & most others say these sr. citizen driving classes are good for only 3 years.  After that,  the discount expires unless you re-take (and re-pay) the class again. 

 

Apparently the insurers have reason to think senior citizens are prone to forget whatever they learned in the last 3 years.  Gee,  wonder why that is,  lol. 

 

Cheers! 

 

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