About 90 % of older drivers currently experience at least one health condition that can affect safe driving, but only one in 10 has a vehicle with features that accommodates those conditions, according to the AAA.
Every day about 10, 000 Americans turn 65, which means that as the older adult population grows, more older drivers are expected to be behind the wheel on the US roads. So, last week the group issued a list of “smart” features to help older drivers make good choices when car shopping.
“Although older Americans are healthier now more than ever before, the aging process can diminish a person’s vision or limit range of motion that could impact their driving,” said Jake Nelson, AAA’s Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research in a statement. “The good news is that AAA found more than 200 vehicles that have one or more smart features that can help an older driver deal more effectively with these conditions.”
The AAA originally launched the Smart Features listing in 2008 in partnership with the University of Florida’s Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation. The updated list was released in conjunction with the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, December 2-6, 2013.
The AAA’s automotive experts reviewed more than 200 2013 model year models to identify features that better equip seniors for driving safety and comfortably. The listing helps them learn which vehicles are the best fits by knowing what to look and detailing current vehicles with those features. AAA’s interactive online tool allows users to explore individual needs and specific medical conditions, as everyone ages differently, the group noted.