“I’ve been drivin’ all night, my hand’s wet on the wheel
There’s a voice in my head that drives my heel
It’s my baby callin’, says I need you here
And it’s a half past four and I’m shiftin’ gear“
Well, all right. Maybe you don’t want to find out about the best cars seniors can tear up the town with. However, you do want to know what make of car will get you to the grocery store or the doctor’s safe and sound. Maybe you even want to drive a few hundred miles to visit family.
Whatever the case, there are plenty of cars out there that might just be ideal for seniors. This is assuming that one of the newer cars loaded with safety features is within your price range.
First off, I should say that I own a Honda Element and just love it. Very safe vehicle, reliable, pretty good mileage, and very roomy. Unfortunately, Honda stopped making them a few years back. Besides, it doesn’t have all the Hi-Tech safety features that have become common-place in the auto industry.
My hope is that one day they come out with a new High Tech model, but who knows.
Anyway, the first step up into the vehicle might be a bit high for many seniors.
FEATURES TO LOOK FOR IN A CAR FOR SENIORS
As I mentioned, it’s best to find a vehicle that is easy to get in and out of. You don’t want to have to struggle in order to get into a vehicle that has small door openings and high door sills.
Look for a vehicle that has plenty of windows and a minimum of blind spots. It’s difficult enough for some seniors to see what’s going on around them as vision might not be all it used to be.
Seniors of today might not see it, but in the not too distant future, most vehicles won’t require a driver. Even today, cars are getting smarter and smarter. There are cars that will assist in parallel parking, give collision warning, and even lane and blindspot warnings.
2019 SUBARU FORESTER
A lot of seniors still want to get out there and go fly fishing or hiking, and the Forester is a rugged vehicle with a host of safety features ideal for seniors.
All Wheel Drive is standard and the vehicle has excellent visibility in all directions. This is mainly due to having smaller pillars and larger windows.
It has an optional power-operated tailgate which would be a smart choice for ease of loading and unloading the car.
If you get the newest model, it will have Subaru’s Eyesight safety tech as standard equipment. It also has adaptive cruise control, lane keeps assist, and pre-collision automatic braking and throttle management.
One other excellent option might be perfect for seniors. Purchasers can add DriverFocus safety tech. It uses facial recognition in order to monitor the driver. It can tell if the driver is getting fatigued or losing attention. It’s like the ultimate back seat driver.
2019 Honda CR-V
Honda might not make the Element anymore, but their CR-V is immensely popular and is also a great choice for seniors. This make of car has been in the marketplace for twenty years.
The CR-V has many excellent standard features that include 17-inch wheels, electric parking brake, windshield de-icer, heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, heated front seats, and passive keyless entry, just to name a few.
Important features for seniors include automatic high beams, auto braking, and forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.
Model EX trims ramps it up to 18-inch wheels, blind spot display, sunroof, garage door opener, and 12-way power driver’s seat.
EX-L Models features a power tail-gate, 4-way power front seat, heated rear seats, and leather upholstery.
Touring trim adds even more features. Blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and ambient interior lighting.
2019 TOYOTA CAMRY
The Camry is a mid-sized car that’s fun and easy to drive. At the same time, there is plenty of space to move around in. For those with various aches and pains, the front seat lumbar adjustments come standard.
It comes with an intuitive touch-screen and all buttons and dials for climate control are easy to read. Most seniors will be driving around town and things could get busy with pedestrians and other cars all over the place. The Camry has a pre-collision system that will detect pedestrians.
The dynamic cruise control, lane departure alert, and vehicle stability and traction control all make this vehicle very safe for seniors to drive.
But that’s not all. The Camry also has Smart Stop Tech, blind spot monitoring, traffic alert, and a backup camera so you don’t run over the grandkid’s wagon.
WHAT CAR WILL YOU CHOOSE?
Although most of the new, high tech cars are fairly expensive, it’s an important investment for seniors who are active and want to have reliable, safe transportation for city and highway driving.
If you were to buy a 2019 model vehicle, it might well by the last vehicle you will ever have to buy. Most of the vehicles manufactured today have the ability to go on and on with a minimum of upkeep.
In looking at all the amazing features today’s new cars have, there are some that really stand out for senior safety.
Here is more information and more vehicle options listed by the Consumer Reports Website.
Whatever vehicle you purchase, I would make sure it has lane-assist, collision(pedestrian warning)with brake and throttle control(in other words, the car will stop for you on its own), a back-up camera, and blind spot monitoring. It’s also important to have a car that is easy to get in and out of and has plenty of windows for optimum visibility.
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