Posts Tagged ‘Senior Driving’

April is Distracted Driving Month. Make YOUR pledge today to go cell phone-free!

April 12th, 2017 No Comments

Hands free not risk free
Provided by The National Safety Council

Distracted Driving in New Jersey

Think going hands-free is “safe enough” for driving? Although it’s legal in New Jersey to drive using a hands-free device (earpiece, dashboard, speakerphone) with your cell phone, consider these statistics:

  • 26% of all car crashes involve the use of cell phones
  • 94% of car crashes involve driver error
  • When talking on or using hands-free or hand-held cell phones, drivers can miss up to 50% of their surroundings–other drivers, people walking or jogging, children, bicyclists, etc.
  • Think speaking a text is better than typing? Think again. New studies have shown that using voice-to-text is more distracting.
  • Distraction leads to driver error
  • 7% of all drivers at any given time are using their phones while driving
  • When you start your car, disconnect your phone and Just Drive

Worried about your older parent or loved one who uses a cell phone while driving? Share these statistics to them, and suggest they take a local driving course to refresh their driving skills. To learn more about older people and driving, read our article about Older Drivers and Safety.

Go to to take the pledge to drive cell-free.

Don’t miss the AARP Driver Safety Program at Hopewell Valley Senior Center 7/30 & 31…

July 13th, 2012 1 Comment

If you’re 50 or older and live in New Jersey, mark your calendar to attend the AARP Driver Safety Program! This is a refresher course designed specifically for drivers 50+. As we age, changes occur in our vision, reaction time, and hearing. This course will teach you how to be safe when adjusting to these changes. Those who graduate will receive a certificate of completion entitling a reduction on their automobile insurance premiums in New Jersey. If you’re a caregiver of an elder family member or loved one in NJ, this is a great program to recommend.

  • When: Monday, July 30 & Tuesday, July 31 (must attend both days to receive certificate)
  • Where: Hopewell Valley Senior Center, 395 Reading Street, Pennington, NJ
  • Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Cost: $12 for AARP members; $14 non-members; $5 for current and retired educators/school personnel
  • Registration Required: Call Hopewell Valley YMCA at 609-737-3048

You’ve heard about taking the keys away from older drivers, but how about “brain training” for them instead?

October 19th, 2011 No Comments

Before you take away the keys from your aging parents, why not try “brain training” first? In his weekly message (, Visiting Angels’ co-founder Jeffrey Johnson writes about this alternative. This new training–a computer software program–developed by Posit Science, has been proven to decrease accidents by half in senior drivers. Test your own Crash Risk level online at