If 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.
My 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.
A 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.
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."
On 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.
I recently appeared on CBS This Morning and NBC Nightly News to discuss having conversations with older loved ones about driving. I received many comments and questions about this hot topic. So many of us are dealing with this issue with our parents. In response to these questions and in follow up to my post about my conversations with my Dad about his driving, here are a few tips about how to talk with your older loved ones about this touchy subject.
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.
Fans of AARP's Driver Safety Program should like this: Toyota announced today that it will give the AARP Foundation $12.6 million over three years to enhance and promote the popular volunteer-run program.
General Motors invited a small group of us from AARP to their Detroit research and development facility to brainstorm about the needs of seniors in the cars of the future. Now the term flux capicator never came up we did see a lot of cool stuff.* And you don't need 1.21 gigawatts to operate them!
Want to keep your kids safe in the car? Make sure Nana's behind the wheel. When children are present, grandparents are better drivers than Mom and Dad, a new study says. People older than 65 are generally involved in more car accidents, and the number climbs as people get older. The debate over the right of seniors to remain behind the wheel was revived last month after a 90-year-old woman drove through a nursing home's recreation room. But a new study published in Pediatrics suggests that seniors are more careful when transporting precious cargo: The study found that children were 50 percent less likely to be injured in a car accident when a grandparent was driving. Do your mom and dad still drive? Here are some signs that can help you determine whether you need to have "the talk."
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