Choosing Vehicles to Keep Elderly Drivers Safe & Comfortable


December 17, 2012
By Lee Law Offices, P.A. on December 17, 2012 9:02 AM |

With each passing day, more and more elderly drivers are getting behind the wheel. That may be empowering news for them, but it can be dangerous news for everyone out there. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, about 90 percent of all drivers who are 65-years-old or older are suffering from some kind of health issue that can affect their driving safety.

One of the most effective preventative measures against car accidents resulting from these conditions is to make sure that they find a car that can maintain safety and comfort for their needs at the same time.
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Our Asheville car accident lawyers understand that with age comes debilitating health problems. These health problems can include deteriorating eyesight as well as a lack in flexibility and muscle strength. These factors make it so important that we find a vehicle that works for us. According to a recent study from AAA, only about one out of every ten elderly drivers dealing with an aging health issue drives a vehicle with features like keyless entry and enlarged dashboard controls to help to deal with these kinds of conditions.

To help these elderly drivers with safe driving and with comfortable driving, officials with AAA have recently updated its Smart Features for Older Drivers resource. Now, 2012 vehicle information and safety feature information is included. The site was launched back in 2008 and has been updated ever since to help keep these vulnerable drivers as safe as possible. Elderly drivers can now browse lists of vehicles equipped with various safety features and they can also use a new interactive tool to help all users to explore their individual needs pertaining to a vehicle.

There are about 10,000 Americans who celebrate their 65th birthday each and every day.

Common Problems Faced By Elderly Drivers:

-Joint Pain

-Diminishing Sight.

-Hip and Leg Pain.

-Delayed Reaction Times.

-Movement Restrictions.

-Drowsiness Due to Medications.

"Not only do these conditions affect a driver's comfort, their presence can also reduce the ability to safely execute the complex task of driving," said Dr. Sherrilene Classen with the University of Florida.

One of the most important things that an elderly driver can do is speak with a doctor. Talk with a medical professional about any conditions, medications or obstacles that may be affecting roadway safety. Remember to get your eyes checked annually to make sure your eyesight is fine and your prescription glasses are up to date!

Families and friends are asked to peek in on their elderly loved ones. Are they suffering from any conditions that could hinder their driving safety? Talk with them about it. Ensure these elderly drivers that giving up the keys is not giving up their independence, but only helping to keep them safe even longer.

If your or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car crash, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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