Seniors who can still drive a car safely are usually doing very well with independent living. Sometimes, though, they may be driving the same car for many years and it doesn’t provide them with the comfort, safety or versatility needed anymore. Most seniors want to avoid all the bells and whistles that come with many new cars today, but features like a rear-view camera can be beneficial so they won’t have to strain their neck or back looking behind them when the vehicle is in reverse. This is just one example of what a senior should consider when choosing a new car and here are several other considerations.
Safety Is The Number One Priority
Safety should be the number one priority for anyone shopping for a new vehicle, but especially seniors. Technology has advanced tremendously when it comes to automobile safety. Features like rear-view cameras, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot detection, modern airbag technology and automatic emergency braking are just a few of the features that create a safe driving experience. Seniors may have to get used to the sounds and lights the safety features make in the vehicle, but it’s well worth it because of the safety it provides on the road.
Buying A Used Car Can Save Money
Unless a senior is sold on just buying a new vehicle, it’s worth it to take a close look at pre-owned vehicles. When you do some research and know the vehicle’s accident history, whether there are any recalls and how many owners it has had, you can feel more confident in your purchase. There are plenty of high-quality used vehicles on the market offering the safety features you need at a lower price.
A common thought seniors have is they don’t believe they need a big vehicle just for themselves, so they opt for a small car since it’s less expensive. However, small cars are typically more dangerous simply because of their size. But when you shop for pre-owned vehicles, you may find a great option on a mid-size vehicle for a similar price as a brand new small car.
Choose A Vehicle With Minimal Distractions
Sometimes the more features you have, the more distractions can be present, which makes the vehicle less safe. Luxury features like a microphone to talk to people in the back seat, bigger screens in the front and other features aren’t usually necessary. While practicing independent living at home, you could take the time to learn about these features more so they become less of a distraction, but you also have to justify whether they are needed.
Have An Auto Lift Installed
If you have a wheelchair or mobility scooter for getting around easier, consider asking the car dealer to install an auto lift before you purchase a vehicle. A good auto lift can be installed on virtually any vehicle and can make mobility much easier for you. Even if you don’t need assistance walking right now, consider having it installed anyway so you have it if you ever need it several years down the road.
Next Day Access provides high-quality auto lifts and other accessibility products to help seniors thrive with independent living. Feel free to contact us at any time to learn more about our products.