Big Safety Gains for Older Drivers

By Joan Lowy, Associated Press Safety researchers expressed concern a decade ago that traffic accidents would increase as the nation’s aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they’ve been proved wrong. Today’s drivers age 70 and older are less likely to be involved in crashes than previous generations, and less likely to be killed or seriously injured if they do crash, according to a study released Feb. 20 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That’s because vehicles are getting …

New Ways to Keep You Safer on the Road

There are 35 million drivers over age 65 on the road today, an increase of more than 20 percent over the past 10 years. That number will continue to increase. And the number of traffic-related injuries and fatalities in that group will likely increase as well, as they did in 2012 (injuries up 16 percent, fatalities up 3 percent). Spurred by the numbers, and in the spirit of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (Dec. 2-6), the U.S. Department of Transportation’s …

AARP Volunteer Receives Community Service Award

We’ve got some really fantastic volunteers in Illinois and around the country. The range of activities they work on is quite stellar. From Driver Safety to Tax Aide, to lobbying down in Springfield,  or assisting with office projects, this organization wouldn’t exist, and wouldn’t have nearly the impact that it does, without help from volunteers. That’s why we’re always excited when volunteer work is honored and recognized! So props to our longtime AARP Driver Safety Program volunteer Stanley Fukai  who …

4 Things I Learned From My Teen’s Driver Safety Program

My second child is learning to drive. In our state one of the requirements for driver education is for the student and a parent to attend a 90-minute seminar on safe driving. I’ll admit that I was not looking forward to attending this session, but left having learned far more than I imagined possible. For example, it turns out they no longer teach the same steering wheel or mirror positions from my high school days. Technology and distracted driving is an …

Too Old to Drive? Depends on Which State You Live In

A recent string of high-profile accidents involving older drivers has stirred up the decades-old debate: How old is too old to drive? Of course there’s no definitive answer — it depends on how physically and cognitively healthy someone remains. But it also depends on where you live: An Associated Press review found a “hodgepodge” of state rules governing older drivers.

What If Safe Driving Was an Olympic Sport?

Competition is in the air as the 2012 Summer Olympics have officially kicked off. This year, over 200 countries will compete in 300 events including swimming, basketball, gymnastics and tennis. But at AARP Driver Safety, we can’t help but wonder: what if safe driving was an Olympic sport-which country would take home the gold medal? Which countries have the safest drivers, roads, and why? According to the World Health Organization, the Marshall Islands have the safest roads by far. In 2007, …