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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 …

New Ways to Keep You Safer on the Road

Posted on 12/6/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayThere 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 …

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.”

The Takeaway: DriveLAB Taking Technology Cues From Older Drivers

Posted on 04/24/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayOn 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.

Having “The Talk” About Driving with My Dad

Posted on 03/20/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingDad 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 …

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 …