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Look for These Helpful Features When Shopping for a Car for an Older Driver

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Today’s seniors are more active and involved in their communities than ever. Many people over the age of 60 still put in 40 hours An Elderly Driver Holding the Steering Wheela week at work. Others work part time, volunteer, frequent gyms, care for grandchildren, and socialize regularly. Also more than ever, today’s over-60 crowd depends on their cars to get them where they need to go. Fortunately, newer features in cars make life easier for seniors who may suffer from age-related conditions that would otherwise make driving difficult.

AAA Identifies Helpful Features

The American Automobile Association (AAA), working with the University of Florida’s Institute for Mobility, Activity, and Participation, have identified key features that can help people with specific age-related conditions adapt more comfortably to driving. On their interactive website, visitors can select their disability and get a range of available features that can help accommodate them. Some examples include:

Limited range of motion and hip or leg pain

  • Six-way adjustable seats
  • Low door threshold
  • Comfortable seats
  • Leather or faux leather seats
  • Adjustable foot pedals

Arthritic hands

  • Four-door models
  • Thick steering wheels
  • Keyless entry
  • Power mirrors
  • Larger dashboard controls
  • Keyless ignition
  • Automatic tailgate closer

Explanations of how the feature can be helpful and specific car models offering the desired features are also listed.

Keep the Senior Drivers in Your Family Safe

While this website could be very helpful in selecting the right car for your capable, active parent or loved one, some older drivers should not be on the road—no matter what accommodations are available. Drivers over the age of 70 have the second-highest rate of car accidents after teenaged drivers. Make sure your loved one is aware of his or her limitations and is still able to drive safely. Share this blog using the social media icons to the right to help make sure everyone, young and old, stays safe on the road.


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