People often have preconceived notions about older drivers, most of which just aren’t true. While it may be true that we start to lose certain functions that are vital to driving safely--like flexibility or vision --it’s a myth that older drivers aren’t safe behind the wheel. In fact, seniors tend to be more compliant with speed limits and other safety laws.
For many older adults, the ability to drive a car is the key to maintaining an independent lifestyle. It’s not easy for older drivers to give that up. But thanks to innovations within the automotive industry that promote senior-friendly amenities, they no longer have to.
Here are some makes and models of cars that promote older driver safety:
As a roomy American-made sedan, the Chevy Impala is a great car for older drivers. Although it comes with all of the latest and greatest technology, the controls are straight-forward and easy to use with old-fashioned knobs instead of touch screens.
Optional add-ons include: Forward-collision monitoring, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and a rear-vision camera.
Although this car seems to only advertise to a younger demographic, the Kia Soul is surprisingly senior-friendly. Big doors make it easy to access the chair-height seats and the visibility from the driver’s seat is terrific. As if that’s not enough, its compact size makes parallel parking a cinch.
Optional add-ons include: Heated steering wheel, ventilated seats.
With its large square windows and thin roof pillars, the stellar outward visibility in the Subaru Forester is one of its best features for older drivers. Although it seems more like an SUV, access in and out of the vehicle is quite easy. Newer models offer Subaru’s EyeSight suite of safety features which includes forward-collision warning and lane departure signals.
Previously known as the Infiniti M, this roomy luxury sedan has senior-friendly features such as easy-to-use controls, adaptive high-intensity headlights, rear-parking detectors and dual-zone automatic temperature control.
Optional add-ons include: Intelligent all-wheel drive, Around View® monitor with moving object detection, front and rear sonar system.
Driving Alternatives for Indiana Seniors
Even with all the bells and whistles to make you feel safer, if you’re still feeling uncomfortable getting behind the wheel, you may want to consider moving to a retirement community like Five Star Senior Living
. The transportation services offered at each community will provide you with the same amount of freedom you receive from driving, but without any of the worry or car-related expenses.