The Road Well Traveled

Julie Lee is the vice president and national director of AARP Driver Safety, the nation's first and largest driver improvement program for older drivers.

When Is It Time to Hang Up the Keys?

The holiday season is the perfect time to relax, unwind and visit with family. Unbeknownst to many, the holidays also provide an opportunity to get together with older parents or loved ones and consider a topic that we will all face one day: driving retirement. A recent Florida State University study found that most older adults have no backup plan after hanging up their keys. Eighty-three percent of survey respondents ages 65+, and 92 percent of 50- to 64-year-olds, reported …

Buckle Your Seatbelt for Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

This Monday marks the official start of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week. Sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the week (Dec. 5 -9) aims to raise awareness of older driver-related issues and provides information, tools, and resources to help drivers everywhere stay safe and confident on the road. According to AOTA, “With increasing age come changes in physical, mental and sensory abilities that can challenge a person’s continued ability to drive safely. But there are a variety of …

10 Tips to Drive Down the Cost of Driving

With gas prices sitting at all-time highs for this time of year, there’s really no getting around the price of getting around. And if you’re traveling long distances for the upcoming holidays, it’s important to pick up all the tips and tricks you can to help drive down the cost of driving. Here are my top ten favorite tips to keep your car running smoothly (for less!). Use the right gas: Are you sure that you’re using the best gasoline …

Break Your Bad Driving Habits

This is a guest blog post by Charles Jekofsky. Charles still has his first car-a 1964 Chevy Impala, as well as a 1938 Buick Century, a motorcycle, and a Class B camper. With eight years as a volunteer instructor for AARP Driver Safety and 51 courses behind him, he continues to marvel at new vehicle safety improvements.  We’re creatures of habit-in life and in driving. But what happens when those habits we’ve developed, over years of driving, are unsafe? When I …

Could “Holding It” Be as Bad as Drinking and Driving?

Have you ever taken a road trip? Or sat in traffic for a long period of time? If so, then you may be familiar with the uncomfortable urge to “void your bladder” while on the road. And if you’re like many people, you may wait until the last possible minute to turn off of the highway or pull over at a rest stop. But according to Peter Snyder, Ph.D., vice president of research for Lifespan, “holding it” for too long …

The Best Cars for Caregivers

This is a guest blog post from Jamie Page Deaton, the Managing Editor of the U.S. News Best Cars rankings. Having owned everything from mid-eighties Volvo station wagons to BMWs, pickup trucks, and classic Corvettes, Jamie is passionate about the cars and technology that move us. AARP estimates that in 2007, over 34 million family caregivers provided care at any given point in time, and about 52 million provided care at some time during the year. That’s a lot of Americans in caregiving …