The AARP Smart Driver Course will be held at the University of Kentucky Hospital at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.

Offered by AARP Driver Safety, the course is the nation’s largest classroom and online driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older.

The course will take place at the University of Kentucky Hospital, 1000 Limestone Street, Lexington.

Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. You can pay on the date of course. Make checks payable to AARP or pay in cash.

In many states, including Kentucky, car insurance discounts are mandatory for folks who complete the AARP course. Discounts may vary based on the participant’s age, driving record and other factors, and all participants are encouraged to check with their insurance agent before completing the AARP Smart Driver course.

Why take the course? Well, because cars have changed and so have traffic rules, driving conditions and the roads you travel every day.

Some drivers age 50-plus have never looked back since they got their first driver’s license, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from refreshing their driving skills.

By taking a driver refresher course you’ll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. You’ll learn how you can manage and accommodate common age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time.