Alabama senior citizens will have easier access to courses that can qualify them for automobile insurance premium credits under a new state law that allows them to take the courses online.
Approved by state lawmakers earlier this year, the new law lets drivers 55 and older take the courses that qualify them for a state-mandated premium credit online or in a classroom-based setting. The courses typically test older drivers’ eyesight and offer refresher courses on driving regulations and defensive driving.
In addition to allowing seniors to take the courses online, state lawmakers also reduced the number of hours seniors need to qualify for the credit from eight hours to six.
The courses are being sponsored by the Alabama Department of Safety, AARP, the American Automobile Association and the National Safety Council.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, 33 states and the District of Columbia have state-mandated discounts for senior who complete approved courses.