Most senior drivers surveyed by the AAA Foundation are not taking advantage of simple, inexpensive features that can improve safety and extend their time behind the wheel.
Nearly 90% of older drivers do not make inexpensive adjustments to their vehicles that may help improve safety, according to a recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Common vehicle additions like seat cushions, larger mirrors, and steering wheel covers can help reduce a senior driver’s crash risk by providing greater comfort and safe control of the vehicle. This in turn may also benefit seniors’ mental health by helping to extend their time on the road.
Previous research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that seniors who have stopped driving are almost twice as likely to suffer from depression, and nearly 5 times more likely to enter a long-term care facility than those who remain behind the wheel.