Seniors above the age of 60 may suffer from a number of age-related concerns that may affect their ability to drive safely. In such cases, auto accident lawyers believe it is important that senior citizens look for certain auto features that make it both comfortable as well as safe for them to drive.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has introduced a Smart Features for Older Drivers resource that enables senior drivers to make smarter car buying decisions. According to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, it’s easy nowadays to find smart features that help senior drivers drive in safety as well as comfort.
Approximately 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day the United States, and over the next couple of decades, the number of senior motorists in the country is expected to balloon to large proportions. At some point in time, over the next couple of decades, the number of senior drivers in the country is expected to touch 20% of the population.
Smart Features for Older Drivers recommends that senior drivers buy cars that come with 6-way adjustable power seats, with appropriate feet height to help them get in and out of the car easily and safely. Many senior drivers suffer from arthritis or stiffness of the joints and fingers. These persons may find it difficult to use the wheel, because of their lower fine motor skills. These drivers may benefit from cars that come with keyless entry and ignition and steering wheels that are easy to grasp. They may also benefit from cars that come with power mirrors, as well as bigger dashboard controls with buttons.
Fading vision is a common complaint for senior drivers. Such motorists may benefit from cars that come with displays with contrasting text as well as auto-dimming mirrors.
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