How to pick the right car for an elderly loved one

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Age does not determine the sort of car a senior driver needs. It’s his ability to drive that should be considered. A senior driver could be 75 and have impeccable coordination and sight but a 65-year-old friend may be slowing down in motor movements and vision clarity.  It’s always advised to find a car that will be the safest choice for an elderly driver, even several years down the line.

How to pick the right car for an elderly loved one

Choosing a safe car depends on whether it has these features to help encourage a safer, less stressful drive:

  • Automatic transmission
  • Power steering
  • Power brakes
  • Adjustable foot pedals
  • Car seats that allow multi-position seat adjustments
  • Parking sensors for front and rear parking
  • Rear view camera
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Lower seated cars over SUVs to allow the driver to climb in and out of the vehicle easily
  • Large, legible gauges to help minimize a strain on the driver’s vision especially when on the road
  • High beam headlights that automatically turn on and off
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Collision warning system
  • A power lift gate (This feature allows the driver to open or close the rear hatch by pressing a button)
  • Power slide side doors

While there isn’t one vehicle that covers all these features, finding a comfortable, fuel-efficient vehicle that best suits the driver’s needs is what’s most important. Regular maintenance schedules also help ensure the reliability of a vehicle.


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