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Sept/Oct 2009 Issue

AAA Web site can help senior drivers stay safe, mobile as long as possible

Today’s older Americans are healthier and more active than ever before– and want to remain so–and AAA’s new Web site can do just that by helping seniors drive for as long as safely possible and be mobile thereafter.

The site, which is located at www.AAAseniors.com, fills a major void by offering safety and mobility information, tools and resources for older drivers and their families. The site not only is geared toward seniors with tips to keep their driving skills sharp, but it can help adult children of seniors in initiating discussions about transitioning from driver to passenger.

There are tips for seniors on preparing their car to drive and on basic driving skills. Visitors also will find a variety of resources, from educational brochures to tips on choosing a vehicle and tools for assessing driving skills.

When seniors’ motor skills or perception begin to decline, the decision about whether they should continue to drive will often involve many people. The earlier families discuss the inevitable consequences of aging, the better they and their loved ones can agree to a plan.

Visitors to the site will find a step-by-step guide on how to begin a conversation with an older driver about developing a plan for giving up their keys.

Older Driver

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that one in four drivers will be age 65 or older by the year 2030.

Think fast on the road with new program to cut crash risks

Seat belts and air bags improve driver safety, but the most important tool a motorist needs is a mind fit for the risks of the road.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has joined with Posit Science, the leading provider of brain fitness programs, to enhance driver safety by improving drivers’ minds. The AAA Foundation is recommending a ground-breaking safety program called DriveSharp, which is an interactive series of game-like computer exercises shown to reduce crash risks.

DriveSharp consists of two computer-based exercises that improve reaction time, visual processing speed, useful field of view and driving ability. The technology in DriveSharp has been shown to cut crash risks by up to 50 percent and improve stopping distance by up to 22 feet at 55 miles per hour.

Every driver can benefit from DriveSharp, but it is particularly beneficial for drivers who are experiencing effects of aging, especially slower reaction times.

DriveSharp retails for $139 but is available to AAA members for $99. Simply click on www.drivesharpnow.com/mo to place your order. Shipping is $12.95, or you can download an electronic version to avoid the shipping fees.


 

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