Driving Around in Circles Is a Good Thing

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP: Really, it is. So long as the circle you’re driving in is a modern roundabout. Unlike traditional roundabouts, rotaries or traffic circles, which can be terrifyingly large, complex and fast (Paris’s Arc de Triomphe sits at the center of one such risky round roadway), modern roundabouts are smaller, simpler and slower. Subscribe Today! AARP Livable Communities Newsletter In fact, by making the streets that pass through neighborhoods slower and narrower, modern roundabouts help roads become …

Look Before You Lock: Children and Pets in Hot Cars

On June 29, we broke a record in Washington, D.C.: 104 degrees Fahrenheit-3 degrees warmer than the high set almost 80 years ago. In fact, the first six months in 2012 have been the hottest in the mainland U.S. since temperature records began in 1895. While extreme heat can contribute to a variety of health issues for people of all ages, for children and pets, the danger is amplified in cars. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle related …

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

It’s probably been quite a few years since you first learned to drive and tested for your driver’s license. Since then, cars, traffic and technology have changed, and so have you. Distractions from cellphones, talking to passengers and even sometimes grooming yourself may be activities that put you and your family at risk. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have designated the month of April to highlight the dangers of distracted driving. They have …

Are You a SMART Driver?

If you’re like many drivers, it has probably been a few years since you first learned to drive and tested for your driver’s license. And yet cars, traffic rules, and the very roads we drive on are constantly changing. Be a S-M-A-R-T driver, and use these five tips from AARP Driver Safety to stay safe on today’s increasingly challenging roadways.

Family Conversations About Driving – A Few Tips

I recently appeared on CBS This Morning and NBC Nightly News to discuss having conversations with older loved ones about driving. I received many comments and questions about this hot topic. So many of us are dealing with this issue with our parents. In response to these questions and in follow up to my post about my conversations with my Dad about his driving, here are a few tips about how to talk with your older loved ones about this …

Having “The Talk” About Driving with My Dad

Dad was “The Man” behind the wheel. From his first Model T that he and his college buddies fixed up in the 1940s to the “ooze-mobile,” which I used to call his big white Oldsmobile that hit the pavement like butter, he enjoyed almost 80 years of driving. He was like a race car driver when he whipped around the hills of Athens County, Ohio in our family Chevy Corvair. In 1989, Mom had a stroke and couldn’t drive anymore so Dad became her trusted …