No one wants to have to tell an aging loved one that he or she should no longer drive. In fact, evidence suggests that seniors who stop driving are more likely to suffer from both emotional and physical health issues as a result.
However, it can't be denied that health problems from arthritis and other impairments of motor skills to cognitive issues to vision problems impact the ability of many seniors to drive safely. People 65 and older are nearly twice as likely to lose their lives in an auto accident as those from 55 to 64. People 85 and older are four times as likely to die in crashes.
Fortunately, many recent technological advances by carmakers that make driving easier for all of us can help some older drivers remain safe behind the wheel for at least a few more years. While parents or other older loved ones may be hesitant to give up a car they've been driving for decades, a newer model car with these features can keep them driving safely and provide less worry for you:
- Adaptive cruise control and headlights
- All-wheel drive
- Auto-braking systems
- Blind spot warning
- Digital speedometer and head-up display
- Forward collision warning
- Heated seats and steering wheel
- Lane departure warning
- Navigation system
- Pushbutton entry/start
- Rearview camera and other parking aids
A number of automobile websites and others such as Consumer Reports provide lists of the best cars for senior drivers that have some of the features listed above.
Sadly, as we see all too often here in Florida, many people continue to drive long past the point where it's safe for them and for others on our roads. If you or a loved one have been injured or worse by a negligent or reckless driver of any age, you have every right to take legal action to get the compensation you need to cover medical treatment, lost wages and other damages.
Source: Forbes, "Essential New-Car Features To Keep Seniors Driving Longer," Jim Gorzelany, accessed Jan. 19, 2016