7 Car Features to Help Older Drivers

Posted on by Defensive Driving | in Defensive Driving Online, Defensive Driving Tips, Helping You Drive Safely

senior-driving

According to AAA, “Nearly 90 percent of drivers age 65 or older have health conditions that can affect driving safety, yet only 10 percent are driving cars with features that address those conditions.” Additionally, a recent AAA survey indicates that “only one in 10 seniors is driving a vehicle that’s equipped with features that can not only make driving safer, but more comfortable.”

As the senior population continues to grow in our communities and on the road, it’s important that these drivers are armed with the best tools in order to drive safely, have less distraction and drive more comfortably. Below are seven important car features older drivers should look into when shopping for a new or used car.

Adjustable seats

Besides finding a car that is easy to get in and out of, it’s important that senior drivers have cars with seats that can be comfortable sitting in for long periods of time. New cars come equipped with multi-position adjustments that can accommodate any height and driving position. Especially for older drivers, it’s important to have a seat that gives support and posture while they drive, to alleviate back and leg pain. Additionally, new heat seat technology can alleviate joint and muscle pain while driving.

Keyless cars

Besides the added convenience, keyless cars can be easier on the hands of an older driver. Better yet, it eliminates pain or difficulty when turning the key into the ignition. If older drivers suffer from finger pain, stiffness, arthritis in the hands or has diminished fine motor skills, a keyless car might be perfect for them.

Backup cameras

Backup cameras are helpful for those drivers that have limited range of motion in their upper body or back/neck pain. Though drivers should still look behind when backing up, rear backup cameras can help increase the visibility of smaller objects behind the vehicle. Backup cameras can also help with parallel parking and help senior drivers see blind spots better.

Blind-spot warning systems

Along with backup cameras, older drivers should be armed with the latest tech when it comes to blind spots. These can help drivers better manager their blind spots when merging lanes and alert the driver when there is a car near by. Along with blind-spot warning systems, lane departure systems can help drivers better maintain their lane when there’s low visibility at night and avoid other traffic lanes. Again, the warning can help older drivers be more attentive while behind the wheel.

Thick steering wheels

Again, drivers that suffer from finger pain and stiffness should consider thick steering wheels that are easier to grip. Those in cold climates may benefits from heated steering wheels. Like car seats, steering wheels are now more advanced and older drivers should look for cars that have tilted or telescoping steering wheels that can be positioned to make the driver more comfortable while on the road. More importantly, it can alleviate neck and shoulder pain of the driver.

Digital dashboard

Newer models of cars no longer have small speedometers and tick marks, but are equipped with digital dashboards that display controls much clearer and are easier to read. But, at the same time, senior drivers should be wary of cars that have complex touchscreen menus and look for cars that help minimize those menu distractions that could be dangerous.  

Rain sensors

Lastly, another great feature is having rain sensors that automatically active the wipers when it starts to rain. That way, it ensures that drivers will always have a clear vision of the road and will be less distracted in trying to turn the wipers on and off.

All in all, these are important features that can help not only keep seniors safe, but more comfortable and confident on the road.

For more news, as well as fun facts, defensive driving courses, competitions, and other cool stuff, follow DefensiveDriving.com on Facebook and Pinterest.

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.6 based on 130576 ratings and reviews.

Lynn TX, United States
Ease of registration. Registration was quick and easy.....no problems whatsoever. I'm halfway through the course and like the format. The information being provided is very comprehensive and much more than my little brain can handle at times.
Hayden TX, United States
easy to set up
Wayne Mayo TX, united states
It's a easy to follow course
Ryan Kelly None, united states
So far so good
Edud Ayala None, united states
Took the course at least 4 times very easy
thomas upshaw None, united states
very helpful
Brandon Sosa None, united states
Very easy to understand.
Lalitkumar Sheth united states
Very good and easy to understand course
Ryan Effenger Tx, united states
Great
Amber Burgess TX, united states
Easy to use.
Steve Cerda None, united states
so far so good
Jill Schneider None, united states
great
Jasmine La Rae Johnson None, united states
So convenient
Sai Nithin Reddy Sungomula Texas, united states
good
Raegan Ball Texas, united states
It's easy to use
Jerome Kirstein None, united states
Thanks for being available
Akyah Ditto None, united states
Good check in
anthony hernandez None, united states
It's so fast and honestly entertaining
Brian Baize None, united states
Great
Lee Martin None, united states
Easy to order
Rene Alfaro None, united states
So easy to navigate
Isaac Pesina None, united states
Great. Experience
Reisa Wallace None, united states
Easy
Frederick Bright None, united states
good
Robert Ruffin JR TX, united states
Love the website
Jeremy United States
Easy and quick
scott TX, United States
It was so easy I thought I was missing sompthing.
William Parizek None, united states
Super easy to navigate.
walker bruce None, united states
It was so easy!
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course