Clipboard researched by Kathie Bozanich, Susan Davis Greene and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times. Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

Since 1987, California licensed drivers 55 and older have been entitled to auto insurance premium discounts on liability, medical and collision coverage if every 3 years they take a state-approved course designed to improve driving skills and promote road safety. Although discounts depend on a driver’s record and insurance carrier, the law applies to all California automobile insurance companies.

The improvement course is available at private driving schools, public and private colleges and offered by nonprofit organizations at community-based locations. The cost is usually $8. The Department of Motor Vehicles will issue certificates to those who complete the course. The certificate must be submitted to an insurance carrier for discount benefit.

Here is a list of places where classes will be held during March:

Costa Mesa: March 8 and 9, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at 1845 Park Ave. For more information call (714) 645-1032.


Huntington Beach: March 13 and 14, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Huntington Beach Civic Center, 2000 Main St. (corner of Yorktown Avenue). For more information call (714) 536-9387.

El Toro: March 10 and 11, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., at Freedom Village, 23442 El Toro Rd. For more information call Jan Snook at (714)768-1431.

Irvine: March 9 and 10, 8 a.m.-noon, at the Irvine Senior Center, 3 Sandburg Way. For more information call (714)733-1055.

Laguna Hills: March 20 and 21, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., at Laguna Hills Senior Citizens Center, 34210 Moulton Parkway (Willow Tree Center). For more information call Nancy at (714) 380-0155. Also March 7 and 8; March 14 and 15; March 28 and 29, each at 8 a.m.-noon, Leisure World, 23522 Paseo de Valencia. For more information call (714) 837-3550.


San Clemente: March 7 and 8, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at San Clemente Senior Citizen Center, 242 Avenida del Mar. For more information call Joan at (714) 498-3322.

Seal Beach: March 30 and April 6, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at 707 Electric Ave. For more information call (714) 828-8550 or (213) 431-2527.

Source: American Association of Retired Persons