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Big Safety Gains for Older Drivers

Posted on 02/20/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy 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 …

Are Automakers Overlooking the Real Buyers?

Posted on 06/5/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsIf you watch much TV, you’ll notice that most car commercials seem to be aimed either at twentysomethings in search of adventure and excitement or at parents with young kids. But automakers might be smarter to make more commercials resembling Lincoln’s recent spots featuring luxuriantly gray-haired Mad Men star John Slattery. That’s the upshot of a newly released study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, which finds that boomer drivers are the most likely of any age group to …

Public Transportation: Lifeline for Older Adults in Rural America

Posted on 04/18/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteMy AARP colleagues in Nebraska recently joined efforts to improve the delivery of transportation services in that state after an AARP volunteer spoke about his frustration trying to take his wife to an evening picnic sponsored by the local Alzheimer’s Association support group. His wife was a nursing home resident who needed to use a wheelchair, but none of the three specialized transportation providers in her area could accommodate her travel requirements. Her nursing home offered only medical transportation. Aging …

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

Posted on 09/17/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayA 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.

100-Year-Old Driver Hits 14 In L.A.; Is Age to Blame?

Posted on 08/30/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayEleven people — including nine children — were hit when Preston Carter, 100, backed his “powder blue Cadillac” on to a Los Angeles sidewalk Wednesday. Everyone is expected to survive, but four children remain at the hospital after being in critical condition. “I think it was a miscalculation on his part,” said the local police captain. “The gentleman is elderly. Obviously he is going to have some impairment on his decision making.”

Five Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

Posted on 06/18/2012 by |The Road Well Traveled | Comments

TravelSummer 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 …