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Senior-Friendly Cars at a Glance

July 12, 2016, Author: Tru Motor News

A Senior Citizen Driving a Car in MichiganIt’s just fitting that senior citizens get an extra hand on the road. Not all cars are made equal, and seniors in Sault Ste. Marie aren’t exactly getting what they need from their vehicles. Data shows that only one in 10 seniors drive a vehicle with elderly-friendly features. Such components are meant to aid in safety, but not all are reaping the benefits.

Remember the statistic above when buying elderly loved ones either a new or used car for sale. Senior citizens are more likely to buy cars, as well: people aged 65 or older are four times more likely to buy a new vehicle than younger folks.

Why, you ask? These people are going to have a lot of money. They’ll also want to stay as mobile as possible, and a new car can help them be so. There’s really nothing better to spend their hard-earned money on.

The Most Important Features

Older drivers have limited mobility. This makes it important to choose a car that enables easy ingress and egress. Do not go for cars with odd-shaped door openings, as well as ultra-streamlined windshields. Such designs make it tough for taller or less agile drivers to sit comfortably in the car.

As much as possible, don’t buy cars that sit lower to the ground than conventional sedans. Large doors are typically difficult to close and open for elderly drivers. They can also make entering crowded parking lots a pain.

Safety and comfort are two of the most important factors aside from easy entry and exit. The car must afford an excellent view of the road for both the driver and passengers. A 360-degree camera aiding the rear and side-view mirrors is also handy in parking.

As for comfort, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and an excellent suspension system (for a smooth driving experience) are more than handy.