Formerly "55-Alive," the four- and eight-hour classroom refresher/defensive driving course is designed for qualified drivers 50 and older. There are no tests and membership in the AARP is not necessary.

All automobile insurance companies doing business in Pennsylvania, are required by state law, to give a minimum discount of 5 percent to all qualified policy holders over age 55 who take the course. Check with your insurance agent or company to make sure you qualify to receive a discount.

All classes are taught by trained unpaid volunteer instructors. The eight-hour class is given in a two-day period in two four-hour sessions, and is required for the first timers. The one-day four-hour course is only open to those who provide evidence of taking the class during the past 36 months. A $14 non-refundable fee ($12 for AARP members) per person is charged for either class. Checks are accepted.

Class size is limited, so advance reservations are advised to assure placement. Those completing the course will be issued a certificate which is valid for three years. Call the phone number below for reservations and directions to the class of your choice. Please bring your driver's license to class. AARP members must have their AARP membership number at class time, to be charged the $12 fee.

As of Jan. 1, the fees for taking the class will increase to $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members.

The next classes are:

Thursday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m., Blue Mountain Health, 204 Bank St., Bowmanstown, 610-377-7180

Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 18 and 20, 1:30 p.m., Loder Senior Center, East Stroudsburg, 570-420-3745

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m., Penn Kidder Senior Center, Jim Thorpe, 570-325-3573

Saturdays, Dec. 7 and 14, 1 p.m., Chestnuthill Park Building, 221 Route 715, Brodheadsville

Saturday, Jan. 25, 1 p.m., Pocono Tranquil Gardens, 329 E. Brown St., East Stroudsburg, 570-426-4014

Saturday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m., Chestnuthill Park Building, 221 Route 715, Brodheadsville, 570-619-4006

Saturdays, March 22 and 29, 1 p.m., Chestnuthill Park Building, 221 Route 715, Brodheadsville, 570-619-4006

Saturday, April 12, 1 p.m., Pocono Tranquil Gardens, 329 E. Brown St., East Stroudsburg, 570-426-4014

Saturday, May 10, 1 p.m., Chestnuthill Park Building, 221 Route 715, Brodheadsville, 570-619-4006

Saturday, June 21, 1 p.m., Pocono Tranquil Gardens, 329 E. Brown St., East Stroudsburg, 570-426-4014

Saturdays, July 19 and 26, 1 p.m., Chestnuthill Park Building, 221 Route 715, Brodheadsville, 570-619-4006

Saturday, Aug. 23, 1 p.m., Chestnuthill Park Building, 221 Route 715, Brodheadsville, 570-619-4006

Saturday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m., Pocono Tranquil Gardens, 329 E. Brown St., East Stroudsburg, 570-426-4014

Saturday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m., Chestnuthill Park Building, 221 Route 715, Brodheadsville, 570-619-4006

Saturday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m., Pocono Tranquil Gardens, 329 E. Brown St., East Stroudsburg, 570-426-4014

Saturdays, Dec. 6 and 13, 1 p.m., Chestnuthill Park Building, 221 Route 715, Brodheadsville, 570-619-4006