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Are You a SMART Driver?

Posted on 04/2/2012 by |The Road Well Traveled | Comments

Home & FamilyIf 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.

My First Car: Tell Us Your Story

Posted on 02/13/2012 by |The Road Well Traveled | Comments

Your LifeYou 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 …

Super Bowl: Top 5 Car Commercials

Posted on 02/6/2012 by |The Road Well Traveled | Comments

Bulletin TodaySunday’s Super Bowl featured some intense competition—and not just between the Giants and the Patriots. As usual, advertisers went above and beyond, showcasing creative, elaborate (read: expensive), and celebrity-infused ads. It’s no surprise that the auto industry had a strong presence during the big game, and nearly every commercial break featured at least one car commercial. Here are five of the most memorable:

The Best Driver is an Aware Driver

Posted on 01/30/2012 by |The Road Well Traveled | Comments

Your LifeGuest blogger Charles Jekofsky still has his first car—a 1964 Chevy Impala, as well as a 1938 Buick Century, a motorcycle, and a Class B camper. With eight years as a volunteer instructor for AARP Driver Safety and 51 courses behind him, he continues to marvel at new vehicle safety improvements. A few weeks ago, I heard about a massive crash resulting in the damage of more than 50 vehicles that occurred as a result of obscured visibility (luckily there …

10 Safety Tips for Walkers (and Drivers)

Posted on 01/23/2012 by |The Road Well Traveled | Comments

Your LifeYou may think you’re a safe driver, but are you a safe walker? Like many traffic fatalities, pedestrian accidents are fully preventable. And yet nearly 47,000 people were killed and 688,000 were injured in the U.S. while crossing or walking along a street between 2000 and 2009 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This means that a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle nearly every 7 minutes. In most communities, sometimes you’re a walker and sometimes you’re a driver. When you’re …

When Is It Time to Hang Up the Keys?

Posted on 12/20/2011 by |The Road Well Traveled | Comments

Home & FamilyThe holiday season is the perfect time to relax, unwind and visit with family. Unbeknownst to many, the holidays also provide an opportunity to get together with older parents or loved ones and consider a topic that we will all face one day: driving retirement. A recent Florida State University study found that most older adults have no backup plan after hanging up their keys. Eighty-three percent of survey respondents ages 65+, and 92 percent of 50- to 64-year-olds, reported …