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Elderly Drivers Benefit from Choosing Proper Vehicle

December 31, 1969

As we get older, we start to face a lot more obstacles that make driving more difficult. As a matter of fact, officials with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimate that about 90 percent of all motorists 65 and older and suffering from health issues that can affect their driving safety. One of the most important things is making sure they're equipped with a vehicle that adapts to their conditions while helping to maintain safety and comfort.
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Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys understand that recent AAA studies conclude only about one out of every ten elderly drivers are driving a car with senior-friendly features. The fortunate ones are driving vehicles with larger dashboard controls and keyless entry systems.

Don't worry if you're not -- you can check out the AAA's Smart Features for Older Drivers resource to find a better car to work for you.

The resources help to assist these drivers in pinning down their health and safety concerns and to find a vehicle that works with them -- not against them. It includes some of the newest vehicles and the newest safety features. This is a resource that was initially released back in 2008 by officials with AAA in conjunction with the University of Florida's Institute for Mobility, Activity and Participation. it's been revamped and it's better than ever!

"With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, we know that families will be coping with these age-related driving safety issues for years to come," said AAA President & CEO Robert Darbelnet.

How do we age?

-At 40, out mental sharpness starts to fade. Our thought process slows down, we can't multitask as well and we can't see as well at night.

-At 50, 90 percent of people need bifocals and their reaction time slows down significantly.

-Between the age of 30 and 60, we lose some of our muscle strength and our range of motion can decrease by as much as 40 percent.

-At 70, you may experience arthritic joints that can make it tough to move around -- it can be painful and restrictive. There are other conditions, like hypertension, Parkinson's disease, diabetes and stroke, that can also affect how you drive.

Choosing the right vehicle with the right features for you can help you to adapt to these changes and can help to improve your safety and comfort behind the wheel.

Regardless of age, you should look into purchasing vehicles with:

-Proven crashworthiness.

-Side and dual-stage/threshold airbags.

-Head restraints and extra passing.

-Antilock brakes.

-Dynamic stability control.

In the next 20 years, the number of drivers over the age of 70 is expected to triple. According to SmartMotorist.com, more mature drivers tend to modify their driving habits in a way to make them safer behind the wheel on our roadways. On the other hand, statistics show that older drivers are more likely than younger ones to be involved in multi-vehicle accidents, particularly at intersections.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.

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