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 …

Volunteers Don’t Drive #TinyCars, They Don’t Deserve a Tiny Tax Rate.

Our friends at VolunteerSpot have a brand new campaign everyone should hitch a ride to, #TinyCars!  Honor volunteers this tax season (and show them some love this February) by spreading the word that volunteers don’t deserve a tiny 14 cent tax rate. A little background, Congress set the current 14 cent charitable mileage rate in 1997 when gas cost just $1.30/gallon; unfortunately, it has remained the same since then, while in contrast, the 2011 business rate was set at 55.5 cents for the …

The Caffeine Nap: For Drowsy Drivers, Coffee Then Sleep

So you’re driving to some far-flung relative’s home for the holidays and halfway there you start feeling sleepy. Do you pull over for some coffee? Pull over and take a short nap? Actually, the best thing to do is do both — but not in the order you’d think. Scientists call it “the caffeine nap,” because first you have some coffee and then you take a 15-minute nap. It works because the brain gets just enough rest during the time …

The Takeaway: Life Expectancy; Public Transportation

Updated: Want to know how long you’ll live? Check a map: “Life expectancy in most U.S. counties lags behind that of the world’s healthiest nations, in some cases by 50 years or more, according to a new analysis of government data.” Older people face public transportation crisis. For members of a generation who built a staunch reputation for active living and independence, the day one has to stop driving is hard.

How Is This Not Already A Law?

A rash of mass transit accidents involving drivers who were text messaging has led to support for a ban on the practice.

News To Know: Older Driver Truth vs. Fiction

Statistics from the AAA dispute the view that older drivers are more dangerous than other age groups.