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Merced College to offer two 'Mature Driver Improvement' classes Jan. 25/Feb. 16

The Merced College Office of Continuing Education will offer two “Mature Driver Improvement” noncredit classes for community residents over the age of 55.

In Merced, this noncredit class will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Merced College Tri-College Center in Building 5. Students must enter the Tri-College Center from the G Street entrance.

In Atwater, this noncredit class will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to5:30 p.m. at the Atwater Community Center, 760 E. Bellevue Road.

The instructor, Richard Rentfrow, will show videos and lecture on a variety of subjects that can affect a person’s driving habits and safety. The class will cover how impairment of visual and audio perceptions affect driving performances and how to compensate for that impairment; the effects of fatigue, medications and alcohol on driving performances; and how to prevent or offset ill effects; updates about rules of the road and equipment, such as seat belts, and efficient driving techniques and related subjects.

Many insurance groups throughout the state support this DMV state-approved course. In order to receive the DMV certificate, students must complete the eight hours. Upon proof of completion for the class, they may allow an insurance discount.

For more information regarding this discount, interested individuals should contact their insurance representatives. A $2 state certificate fee is required and is to be paid to the instructor. Interested individuals must contact the Merced College Non-Credit Office at (209) 381-6540 to be placed on the class enrollment sheet, as space is limited.--Sun-Star staff