Hog Riding AARP Volunteer on a Mission…

Hey – greetings from Terri Worman, Associate State Director for Advocacy and Outreach in Illinois. Question: What do Kegel’s Harley-Davidson in Rockford, a royal blue 2012 Street Glide, and the AARP Driver Safety program have in common? The answer is Illinois’ own Driver Safety Zone 5 Coordinator Betty Kraft-Hartman, age 69, from Freeport, IL. Betty has been riding motorcycles since 1978 and has logged 400,000 miles along the way. Her new 2012 Harley Street Glide already has 21,000 miles on …

Five Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

Summer is the perfect time to gather up your family and embark on an old-fashioned road trip. With falling gas prices and the gorgeous summer sun, more families are planning to buckle up and hit the road. And while getting there is half the fun, making it to your destination safely should always be the first priority. See also: Enter the ‘Dallas’ Travel Adventure Sweeps. You Could Win! Below are five summer road trip tips from AARP Driver Safety, which …

Honk If You Hear Me! Hearing and Driving Webinar

Hear that ambulance? Or the motorcycle coming from behind? If you said, “sometimes,” that’s not good enough. Hearing plays a critical role in safe driving and we’re here to help. Changes in hearing occur naturally with age, usually popping up around age 50. Thirty-three percent drivers over age 65 report some degree of hearing loss, according to Healthy Hearing. By adjusting your driving habits, and with help from some assistive technologies, you can stay safe on the road. Join me …

The Takeaway: DriveLAB Taking Technology Cues From Older Drivers

On the Road: New technology aimed at making navigation easier for older drivers is in the works at England’s Newcastle University, where researchers have converted an electric car into a mobile laboratory for studying the challenges these drivers face. Tricked out with eye trackers, bio-monitors and other monitoring systems, the DriveLAB car””designed to pinpoint older drivers’ habits and stressors””is part of the UK’s Research Council’s nearly $20 million program to help seniors stay on the road.

Volunteers: Thank You for All You Do

April 15-21 marks National Volunteer Week-a week to recognize the extraordinary achievements of volunteers in their efforts to improve the lives of others through service. At AARP Driver Safety, we rely on a network of nearly 6,500 volunteers to instruct, promote, and coordinate our classroom course, CarFit, and “We Need to Talk” in local communities nationwide. In 2011, our volunteers helped over 550,000 drivers stay safe, educated, and confident. During National Volunteer Week last year, we recognized several exceptional Driver Safety volunteers, …

My First Car: Tell Us Your Story

You don’t forget your first car. Passing your driver’s test and getting your driver’s license is one of the most important milestones in life-and in most cases, it’s the first hurdle you jump on the road to adulthood. For me, and I imagine for most people, having my driver’s license provided me with my first real taste of freedom and independence. I got my license around 1974, and my first car was a light blue Volkswagen “Squareback,” which they don’t …