Safest Cars And Auto Safety Features For Seniors

By on April 8, 2011

Safer Cars For Older Drivers

We have already discussed some hazards that seniors face when driving, and the fact that car insurance for seniors may be much higher than it is for middle aged people. However, what we have not talked about, is that there may be some ways to lower this risk. New safety features, and autos that were designed to be safer for older drivers, may be one answer to lower the risk of senior dirivng.

You may also want to refer to this earlier article: When Are Driving Days Over?

Safety Features For Senior Citizens

  • Collision prevention systems use radar to measure the speed of distance of other objects around the vehicle. These obstacles are, mostly, other cars on the road. One of the biggest issues with senior drivings is that reaction times are slower. That is why some seniors can be riskier drivers than the most famous high risk driving group – teen drivers.
  • Blind spot monitors also use radar, but they detect other vehicles in the vehicle’s “blind spot”. A warning light flashes, and this alerts the driver to approaching vehicles they cannot see.
  • Backup cameras are simply visual cameras installed in the rear of the car. Instead of totally using the rear view mirror, which leaves the driver blind to objects below the level of the back of the car, these include a monitor which gives a big field of view so people can back up safely.
  • Adjustable pedals can help many seniors drive more comfortably and safety. You have probably noticed that people get shorter as they age. In addition, bodies are less flexible to accomodate vehicles that are not a perfect fit.
  • Audio Navigation Systems do not require any hand controls. They are GPS systems that a driver can talk to as if they were just another passenger in the car. The systems will talk back, allowing the driver to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
  • Better lighting – Newer cars have been designed with better lighting systems. Many seniors lose night vision even though they can see fine in the day time.
  • Driver’s Education – This is not exactly part of the vehicle, but senior’s driving safety courses have been developed. They help seniors cope with driving safely without the fast reflexes or great eyesight of youth. They may also help counsel seniors who need to stop driving.

Please note that a safer vehicle can help anybody, including an older person, be a safer driver. This can protect them and the people around them. However, some seniors do need to stop driving. See the link in the previous paragraph if you have a concern about yourself, or about an older person that you love.

Which Cars Are Safer For Seniors?

Many vehicles can be considered safe for seniors. But if you are considering a new car purchase, look into this list. They range from the pricy to economy models.

Top 10 2010-2011 Cars for Seniors
2011 Lincoln MKX
2010 Hyundai Tucson
2011 Chevrolet Cruze
2011 Nissan LEAF
2010 Buick LaCrosse
2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
2010 Lexus HS 250h
2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2010 Suzuki Kizashi
2010 Jaguar XK

Update: If you’re not a senior yet, safer cars are still important. You may want to look at the best 2011 safety features too.

 

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