AARP Driver Safety Honors Black History Month With Special Promotion

Black History Month is celebrated throughout February to honor many mission-driven individuals who made or are making lasting contributions to the United States. Visit AARP Black Community >> AARP Driver Safety would like to honor the spirit of the month by furthering our mission to promote safe driving nationwide. Since 1979, AARP Driver Safety has offered the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers 50-plus and has helped more than 16 million drivers stay in command of the road. …

New Ways to Keep You Safer on the Road

There 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?

Eleven 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

<strong>On the Road:</strong> New <a href="http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press.office/press.release/item/keeping-older-drivers-on-the-road">technology aimed at making navigation easier for <strong>older drivers</strong> is in the works at England's Newcastle University</a>, 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 <strong>DriveLAB</strong> 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

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 …

(No) Salt In The Wound

One unforseen consequence in our recent economic hardships has been a drop in the supply and spike in the price of road salt. Many cities are struggling to find alternatives.