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CHP hosts Age Well, Drive Smart class for seniors

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EUREKA- North Coast seniors freshened up on their driving skills Friday in a two hour Age Well, Drive Smart class.

The California Highway Patrol hosted the course. It's meant to update older drivers on the rules of the road and give tips to improve driving skills. The class also talked about warning signs that indicate a person is getting too old to drive.

"When it is time to hang up the keys for a lot of seniors when they reach that point they're losing a lot of freedoms," Officer Matt Harvey with the California Highway Patrol said. "So we don't take that lightly and we just want to remind them that the time is coming eventually and start coming up with some strategies on how they're going to meet some of those basic needs."

Participants in Friday's class got a certificate to lower their car insurance. The course is held annually at the Humboldt Senior Resource Center but Highway Patrol representatives say they are looking to expand to other interested venues.

CHP estimates that in five years the North Coast's senior driver population will grow by nearly 40 percent.