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Five states change license renewal cycles for older drivers

License renewal procedures for older drivers can include accelerated renewal cycles that provide for shorter renewal intervals for drivers older than a specified age, typically 65 or 70; a requirement that they renew their licenses in person rather than electronically or by mail where remote renewal is permitted; and testing (vision and road tests, for example) that is not routinely ... Read More »

2009 GMC Acadia earns Top Safety Pick award

The GMC Acadia, a large SUV, also is sold as the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and Saturn Outlook. To qualify for Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of good in the Institute’s front, side, and rear tests and be equipped with electronic stability control. Criteria to win are tough because the award is intended to drive ... Read More »

Acura RL wins Top Safety Pick award; seat/head restraint combination improves to good

Arlington, Virginia - The 2009 Acura RL, a large luxury car, earns the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick award. Winners afford superior overall crash protection among the vehicles in their classes. To qualify, a vehicle must earn the highest rating of good in the Institute’s front, side, and rear tests and be equipped with electronic stability control. ... Read More »

Senior Drivers to Increase 70% Over Next 20 Years

San Mateo, CA — A new national survey of baby boomers shows a growing need for better communication about driving issues among adult children and their aging parents, calls for additional restrictions on their parents’ driving — whether voluntary or mandatory — and points to an urgent need for expanded access to public transportation for seniors. The survey, released today ... Read More »

AAA Advises Parents on How to Choose the Right Vehicle for Their Teen Driver

Washington, D.C. — Summer is the prime time for parents to purchase vehicles for their teens, with graduation, summer jobs and college looming. Parents are encouraged to factor safety, affordability and reliability into picking the best vehicle for their teen. “Helping their teenager make a smart vehicle choice is an important way that parents need to be involved in their ... Read More »

New Report Examines Alarming Increase in Motorcycle Rider Deaths

Washington, D.C. — Friday (June 20, 2008) marks the official start of summer, and millions of Americans will hit the roads to head to their summer vacations. Unfortunately, for too many motorcyclists, this may also mark the beginning of another deadly summer. The Governors Highway Safety Association’s (GHSA) new report, Survey of the States: Motorcycle Safety Programs, examines the dramatic ... Read More »

Drowsy Driving as Dangerous as Drunk Driving

New York, New York – As people jam the roads and highways over the summer, there’s greater risk of being — or running into — a drowsy driver, says the National Road Safety Foundation, Inc., a non-profit group that provides free driver safety films and programs including its newest, called “Recognizing the Drowsy Driver.” “A day in the sun can ... Read More »