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Cars are becoming more technologically advanced every day and show no sign of slowing down. This means there’s more safety technology in today’s cars than ever before. However, many drivers aren’t familiar with how to use the technology to keep them safe.

AARP Driver Safety has teamed up with The Hartford to develop Smart DriverTEK, a workshop to provide drivers with the necessary tools to navigate modern vehicle technology, and it’s coming to Waxahachie virtually through Zoom.

“With the changes in vehicle technology over the last five years, it’s critical for drivers to stay updated and informed,” said Kyle Rakow, vice president and national director of AARP Driver Safety, which offers the nation’s largest and longest-running driving refresher course. “Many of these technologies have potential to make driving safer, which is why we are so appreciative of The Hartford’s generous commitment to this new endeavor.”

The free, 90-minute interactive Zoom workshops, led by a trained AARP volunteer, include an overview of vehicle technology, a step-by-step guide of how these technologies work and how they can benefit drivers, as well as time for people to interact with each other. 

The next Smart DriverTEK workshop will be offered at 1 p.m. Oct. 21.

Workshop attendees should leave with a thorough understanding of today’s top vehicle safety technologies and a general understanding of how to use them. Attendees also have access to a vehicle technology checklist, which offers guidance on what technologies they need when shopping for a new car. The workshop is open to drivers of all ages and is free.

Space is limited, so register now at

AARP Driver Safety first launched in 1979 as the “55 Alive” program to help keep older drivers independent, safe and confident while on the road. Today, AARP Driver Safety’s programs include the AARP Smart Driver course, CarFit, We Need to Talk, the Driving Resource Center and Smart DriverTEK. To learn, more visit, follow on Twitter at @AARPdsp or connect on Facebook (

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