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.
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.
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."
TSA stands by officers after pat-down of 95-year-old woman in Florida. The cancer patient was forced to remove her adult diaper during a screening a couple of weeks ago at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, according to her daughter. The federal agency's statement: "We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure." (What do you think? Were the TSA agents justified or out of line?) ... When is it time to take away the cars keys? The debate over seniors' right to remain behind the wheel was revived this weekend after a 90-year-old woman drove through a nursing home's recreation room on Saturday.
It is important to allow drivers to stay on the road for as long as they can safely manage driving. Once drivers give up the keys, many suffer from a lack of transportation alternatives.
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