If you're an older person who's wondering whether your driving skills are still up to par, or if you're concerned about an aging family member or friend's driving skills, there are several free online resources that will help you and your family.
Check out seniordrivers.org, a nonprofit website funded by the AAA Foundation that provides information on how to measure driving skills and on education and training to enhance skills. It also helps seniors plan for continued mobility if they give up the car keys.
The Roadwise Review is a computer-based driving tool developed by AAA that allows users to measure the eight functional abilities scientifically linked to crash risk among older drivers. Try it online for free or you can get a CD mailed to you for a small fee. Check it out by clicking on the "Roadwise Review" logo on the above-mentioned senior drivers website.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also offers free information for senior drivers and their families at nhtsa.gov/Senior-Drivers. If you are not online, call them toll-free at 1-888-327-4236 and ask for their senior driver education material.
Club touts bicycles for transportation, health
Ladies, are you thinking about giving up your four-wheeled vehicle in favor of two wheels? You might want to look into the MoXXie Bike Club. Avid cyclist and local bicycle safety advocate Kimberly Cooper contacted us recently to tell us about the new club in St. Petersburg for women and children cyclists. The MoXXie Bike Club is a nonprofit group whose mission is to encourage the use of bicycles to promote health, recreation, social interaction and transportation. It also provides bicycle safety information and host rides and other special events. Check it out at moxxiebike.org.
Barricade watch: Expect delays and closures
• Milling and resurfacing work on Park Street from Tyrone Boulevard to Park Boulevard means delays and lane closures today through Aug. 15.
• Workers will also be adding lane striping and pavement markings to Park Street between 27th and 28th avenues N, which should wrap up the second week of August as well.
• There will be temporary lane closures along 86th Avenue N from 94th Street to Starkey Road during work to improve drainage and curbing. That job is scheduled to wrap up Aug. 12.
• The current phase of "streetscaping" work on Cleveland Street in Clearwater is scheduled to be completed Aug. 10. The work has closed Cleveland Street from Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to Missouri Avenue since February, with a detour north to Drew Street via Jefferson Avenue and Grove Street, and south to Court Street via Lincoln Avenue and Pierce Street. The next phase of the $2.9 million project will involve Cleveland Street from King Avenue west to Myrtle Avenue, but road closures are not planned. On tap are new mast arm traffic signals, parking on both sides of Cleveland Street, wider sidewalks and new crosswalks.
• Resurfacing of Duhme Road in Seminole from the Tom Stuart Causeway north to 54th Avenue N is to begin Sept. 8. The work should last about a week, weather permitting, and will involve delays and detours while the milling and resurfacing of the pothole-riddled road takes place.
Until next week, happy and safe motoring!
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