— They came to make sure their cars were adjusted properly to fit them and help keep them safe on the road. They left convinced that CarFit was a worthwhile event. “Oh, yes, it was very helpful,” said Margaret Schneider, a Michigan State University retiree, and one of 79 motorists who participated in the AARP Michigan CarFit event in the parking lot at the Michigan Athletic Club in East Lansing on May 14. Rosemary Hunger, a senior service consultant at Lake …

— AARP is here to help! We offer a variety of learning opportunities to sharpen your skills and refresh your understanding of the rules of the road. Our newest programs also help optimize  your comfort and fit behind the wheel as well as better understanding the high tech features of most newer cars.     Quick Links Find an AARP Smart Driver Course near you Register for an online Smart Driver Course   May 18th Free CarFit Event Volunteers from AARP …

— En una región conocida por sus autopistas y cultura automovilística, AARP California estará ayudando a los residentes mayores de 50 años de Los Ángeles a mantenerse móviles en la tercera exposición anual Older Adult Transportation Expo (en inglés). El evento gratuito se llevará a cabo de 10 a.m. a 1 p.m., el viernes 26 de octubre, y ofrecerá a los asistentes una oportunidad de conocer sobre el transporte público, los servicios de reservar viajes en auto y otros aspectos del …

— By Michelle R. Davis Pat Dixon, 63, drives her grandchildren around regularly. She has carpal tunnel syndrome in one wrist that can flare up when she’s behind the wheel, and she tries to avoid congested traffic. Dixon also wants to feel more confident about her driving. So in February, she attended a four-hour AARP Smart Driver course to learn how to remain secure on the road. After the class, Dixon, who splits her time between her Florida home and her …

— By Pamela Schmid Ray Murray, an AARP volunteer, figures he has driven a million and a half miles during his decades-long career selling claims processing solutions to insurance companies. He’s grateful that two close calls on the road ended with little more than “horns honking, tires squealing and universal hand signals passed back and forth.” Both of those near crashes happened, Murray said, when he was “not paying attention, overtook slower traffic, made a move into the fast lane and …

— Older drivers tend to be safe drivers. They are more likely to wear seat belts and less likely to drive drunk. But is your car safe for you? AARP Louisiana, in cooperation with AAA and the American Occupational Therapy Association, is offering CarFit checkups in New Orleans on Saturday, April 21. Using a 12-point checklist, volunteer technicians make sure each driver’s car is adjusted properly to accommodate the person’s height, vision and flexibility—characteristics that may change with age. The free …

—   By Sue Price Johnson Marie Stokes, 70, took the AARP Smart Driver course hoping for a discount on her auto insurance, but she came away thinking the class should be required every few years for drivers of every age. “It would not only enlighten people like me but new drivers, middle-age drivers and especially drivers who have come here from other countries,” said Stokes, of Dudley. The course helps drivers learn about laws enacted since many of them first …

— Does your car fit your age? Drivers should be aware of age-related changes that can affect their ability to stay safe behind the wheel – including general fitness, strength, flexibility and vision. Adjusting your vehicle to your changing needs can also enhance safety and comfort. That’s the idea behind a free event called CarFit at Ho‘okele Elementary School, 511 Kunehi St., on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by AARP Hawaii, AAA and the Hawaii Occupational Therapy …

— By Kelly Soderlund Gloria Clancy, who’s been driving for 54 years, said she “thought I knew everything about driving.” But after a friend mentioned some new concepts he had learned in the AARP Smart Driver course, Clancy was intrigued about what she didn’t know. She signed up for a two-day Smart Driver course last year at the Darien Park District Community Center and was amazed at what she learned. “I’m guessing most people know the rules of the road, but …

— By Natalie Missakian Terry Duffy, an AARP volunteer, always hears good feedback about the driver safety class she teaches at the River­front Community Center in Glastonbury. Just last year a woman called to thank her, saying the course helped her mother (in her late 80s) decide that it was time to hang up her keys. “She realized she was having much more difficulty driving than she thought, so she gave up her car,” Duffy said. “That’s not our goal, but …