|Greetings from AARP Driver Safety!
Welcome to the third quarter edition of On the Safe Side, AARP Driver Safety’s partner newsletter.
As you may have heard last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) projected that traffic deaths increased for the first half of the year by 9%, totaling 16,290 fatalities nationwide. This represents the largest increase in the first six months of the year since numbers were first projected in 1975.
As we work diligently toward zero deaths, this is a stark reminder that we will continue to face a variety of challenges, and we must always search for new and innovative ways to improve. Vehicle manufacturers and road designers, traffic engineers and legislators, and educators and researchers must work together to make our roadways safer for all.
At AARP Driver Safety, we’re doing our small part by growing our driver safety course and educational content. We continue to look for opportunities to partner with other organizations as we strive to achieve zero deaths.
Please contact me if you would like additional information about the updates below, or if you have any suggestions of ways we can make On the Safe Side more relevant for you.
Josh Dunning, Partnership Development Advisor
AARP Driver Safety
Special Offer for Veterans and their Families
This November, we’re celebrating and honoring members of the U.S. armed forces — active duty, veteran, guard or reserve — and their families, by inviting them to take the AARP Driver Safety classroom course for FREE. As an alternative to the classroom course, we are also offering the AARP Driver Safety online course at 50 percent off with the promo code “VETERANS”. In some states, completing the course may save you money on insurance premiums (consult your agent for details).
According to a recent study by USAA, veterans are more likely to be involved in car crashes than other drivers. In fact, traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for military personnel in their first year after returning home from war. If you have family or friends who are veterans, we hope you will spread the word about this free opportunity for them to refresh their driving skills. Courses are available nationwide, but fill up quickly—so participants should sign up early.
Learn more or download the free course coupon.
Volunteer Recruitment Video Debut
At AARP Driver Safety, we rely on a nationwide network of nearly 7,000 volunteers. This summer, we interviewed some of our most dedicated volunteers to learn about their experiences teaching and promoting AARP Driver Safety in communities across the country.
Learn what “drives” and motivates our volunteers in our new Volunteer Recruitment Video, then share the video with your friends and family who may be interested in joining our volunteer team. To become an AARP Driver Safety volunteer, apply here.
New Research on the Top 10 Car Technologies for Older Drivers
Smart headlights, emergency response systems and reverse monitoring features rank highest in car technologies that benefit mature drivers, according to The Hartford and MIT AgeLab's Top Technologies for Mature Drivers Research, released last week.
Read the full report
or view an infographic
on the topic.
Visit www.aarp.org/drive for more information about AARP Driver Safety, or contact Josh Dunning, Partnership Development Advisor.