Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Fewer Phone Booths for Clark Kent

That's right, the Man of Steel will need to find another place for his wardrobe change. With the popularity of cell phones, there just isn't the market for payphones that there once was. AT&T just announced that they are phasing out of the payphone business through the end of 2008. Payphones in the United States have declined across the industry from about 2.6 million phones in 1998 to an estimated 1 million phones today.

It is clear that consumers are in love with the convenience and peace of mind that cell phones offer. There are so many different kinds of phones and plans available. Some phones are geared to older adults, such as the Jitterbug which has oversized numbers and backlit buttons.

On The Road

If you have a friend or loved one that is over 80 and is still an active driver, here is a reminder
about the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles license renewal process. The Virginia DMV is requiring drivers age 80 or older to appear in person at the DMV and pass a vision screening in order to renew their license. According to the DMV, you may have your vision screened at one of their offices, or present a report from an ophthalmologist or optometrist certifying that you’ve met the vision requirements to hold a Virginia driver’s license. Please note that a doctor’s report must have been issued within 90 days of your driver’s license renewal. With or without corrective lenses, a person’s vision must be 20/40. If a person has vision problems in one eye, an individual must see 20/40 with the other eye, with or without corrective lenses.

You can visit www.granddriver.net for more information on all kinds of motor vehicle related topics like mobility for seniors and helpful safety tips.