Make Car Safety Adjustments
Easily Make Car Safety Adjustments for Senior Drivers
Everyone wants to continue driving as long as safely possible. We know that being a safe driver is important. The car should be safe as well. And, with all of the advances in new car safety features, seniors can get a more comfortable and safer ride.
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What are some of the common car safety features that help older adults?
The Senior Driving AAA gives us great examples of the most common car features to keep older drivers safe, which include:
- Larger, brighter dashboard displays
- Both front and side airbags
- Larger, glare-proof mirrors
- Steering wheel that tilts and moves closer to or farther away from the driver
- Properly aligned/adjusted head rests and electronically adjustable seats
What new car features can help seniors potentially avoid accidents?
- Forward collision warning system, some of which automatically apply the brakes
- Back-up camera and obstacle detection warning system, commonly called park assistance with rearview display
- Navigation system, with turn-by-turn GPS
- Parking assistance systems, that take over steering when parallel parking
- Radar sensors to detect another vehicle crossing behind them, when backing out of a parking space
- Automatic crash alert systems that notify emergency services that a crash has occurred
What should we put in our car's Emergency Kit?
- Jumper cables: might want to include flares or reflective triangle
- Flashlights: with extra batteries
- First Aid Kit: remember any necessary medications, baby formula and diapers if you have a small child
- Food: non-perishable food such as canned food, and protein rich foods like nuts and energy bars
- Manual can opener
- Water: at least 1 gallon of water per person a day for at least 3 days
- Basic toolkit: pliers, wrench, screwdriver
- Pet supplies: food and water
- Radio: battery or hand cranked
- Cat litter or sand: for better tire traction
- Ice scraper
- Clothes: warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and an extra change of clothes for the cold
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Charged Cell Phone: and car charger
The number of inches to be seated away from the steering wheel to allow the airbag the time and space to expand in an impact. (AAA)
Number of miles after which wiper blades should be replaced to ensure clear vision. (AAA)
Tools & Resources at Your Fingertips
CarFit is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA (American Automobile Association), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association.