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Julie Lee
Julie Lee is the Vice President and National Director of AARP Driver Safety, providing enterprise-wide direction and leadership for the second largest program within AARP, and the largest driver improvement course designed for drivers age 50 and older. In this role, Julie directs staff and more than 6,000 volunteers to plan, develop and execute strategies to drive social change and support AARP’s social impact agenda. Julie works to drive efficiencies and improvements to modernize operations, and explores opportunities to increase volunteer satisfaction and involvement in AARP’s social impact and member value agendas. She regularly represents AARP to national organizations, businesses and trade associations, and manages partnerships and coalitions to advance the issue of driver safety and broader transportation and mobility issues.

Prior to her role with AARP Driver Safety, Julie served as the Director of Board Support for AARP Financial, where she provided oversight service and support to the AARP Financial Board and the AARP Funds Board. Prior to that, she was responsible for managing a service delivery team in Human Resources for AARP.

Before joining AARP in 2003, Julie spent more than 10 years with the Defense Intelligence Agency as their Branch Chief for Staffing and Recruitment. She retired from the Air Force Reserves after spending 16 years in the reserves as a Transportation/Logistics Officer.

Entries by Julie Lee

4 Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 5:19 PM

Any moment your eyes are off the road or your hands are off the wheel, you put yourself in a dangerous driving situation. Even sending what you believe to be a quick text message takes your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds. This is similar to...

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6 Important Steps for Renting a Car

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 11:30 AM

Now that the country is starting to thaw out after what has felt like a never-ending winter, the first thing I want to do is get out of the house and enjoy the newly arriving warm weather. I know many Americans - especially those in the coldest parts of the...

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4 Simple Tips for Driver Wellness

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 9:42 AM

In addition to being Black History Month, February is also American Heart Month. We all know by now that one of the keys to heart health is exercise. Did you know that exercise can also help you be a safer driver?

Most people wouldn't associate driving with exercise. While staying...

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How Would You Handle a Vehicle Breakdown?

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 8:42 AM

Having your vehicle prepared in case of an unexpected breakdown or a roadside emergency is something that everybody knows they should do. But how many people actually go ahead and do it?

A couple of weeks ago, my son who lives out West was driving with a friend on a...

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How Prepared Are You for the Holiday Travel Season?

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 8:29 AM

Are you driving to visit family or friends this holiday season? If so, how prepared do you feel? If you're like most drivers, you feel confident but according to a new survey from AARP Driver Safety, you may be missing some critical steps in your preparation.


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Top Five Driving Tips for Thanksgiving Week Travel

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 1:12 PM

Two words: Buckle up. We're about to enter one of the busiest times on America's roadways. In fact, not only are the roads more crowded during the Thanksgiving holiday week, they're more dangerous, too. According to the National Safety Council, Thanksgiving is the second most dangerous...

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Top Tech for Older Drivers

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 3:09 PM

The auto industry is at a major turning point. Earlier this month, Elon Musk announced Tesla's new Model D. The car will be able to park itself in your garage and drive up to the door to meet you--the temperature and radio set just the way you like...

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Life, Behind the Wheel

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 10:43 AM

Earlier this year, I bought a new car for the first time in many years. The process was exciting, but also a little overwhelming. My husband and I spent several weeks exploring the latest features and talking through what was most important to us. Ultimately, we decided on a car...

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5 Back-to-School Tips for Safer Driving

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 4:23 PM

Soon, millions of kids will strap on their backpacks and start another school year. But in communities across the country, there's an unexpected group of students also going back into the classroom. Each year, approximately 500,000 drivers, mostly 50 and older, attend a classroom-based Smart Driver course to...

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Does this Traffic Pattern Make Your Head Spin?

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 9:34 AM

There are few traffic patterns in America as divisive as the roundabout. While some cities cannot get enough of them--Carmel, Indiana for example, is internationally known for its over 80 roundabouts--residents of other towns greet them with protest.

Roundabouts have been shown to make roadways...

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Tips for Staying Safe During the Summer Driving Season

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 9:46 AM

According to recent Department of Transportation data, summer -- not winter as many might expect -- is the most dangerous driving season. Eighteen percent more fatal accidents occurred during the summer months of June through August in 2012 compared to the winter months of December through February. Multiple...

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This Memorial Day Weekend, Avoid Being Driven by Distraction

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 2:16 PM

Think about the last time you focused on just one activity. Reading the newspaper without a TV on in the background. Taking a walk without listening to your iPod. Attending a meeting without checking your smart phone. If you're like most, it has become hard to avoid multitasking. And while...

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Older Drivers Are Safer Than Ever Before -- Here Is How They're Staying Sharp Behind the Wheel

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:29 PM

A few weeks back, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released some encouraging news. Today's drivers age 70 and older are less likely to be involved in crashes than previous generations. If they do crash, they are also less likely to be killed or seriously injured. The Institute...

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Boomers Are Driving Change in Their Communities

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 1:54 PM

Just last year, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the rate of volunteering among older Americans reached a 10-year high. This demographic clearly recognizes the benefits of giving back, as more than 20 million older volunteers gave nearly three billion hours of service in 2013...

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Safer Cars Start with Safer Drivers

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 2:37 PM

If you're into cars, this is your season. Specifically, it is "auto show" season. Since its January kick off in Detroit, hundreds of new vehicle concepts and new products have been introduced. As in recent years, technology has been driving the headlines of every show -- often with a focus...

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This Holiday Season, Commit to Being a Smart Driver

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 4:33 PM

The holiday season is upon us, and so is an influx of drivers on America's roads. And while the headaches of holiday traffic are well-documented in popular culture -- from classic songs to those omnipresent parodies -- the dangers of holiday driving are no laughing matter....

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