Safe and Comfortable Cars for Seniors
Driving can become more difficult as you age. Reduced Muscle strength, slower reaction time, lower range of motion, and diminished sight, along with other health issues such as arthritis or osteoporosis can impair an older driver's abilities behind the wheel. 43 percent of motorists over the age of 55 suffered from at least one of nine driving related difficulties commonly caused by aging, and nearly one out of four motorists over 55 plan to purchase a vehicle in the next two years.
Mature drivers should look for vehicles that accommodate their specific needs. Here are a few recommendations for car features to aid aging drivers:
- Drivers with hip or leg pain, decreased leg strength or limited range of motion in the knee, should look for cars with adjustable power seats. This makes it easier for drivers to enter and exit a vehicle.
- Drivers with painful or arthritic hands should consider four door modeled cars, thick steering wheels, keyless entry and ignition, power mirrors and seats, and larger dashboard controls.
- Drivers with vision impariment could benefit from cars with extendable sun visors, large audio and climate controls, and easy-to-read displays.
For more information on the best cars for mature drivers, see RTM's article Best Cars for Seniors.