Magazine article Work & Family Life

Safer Cars Can Help Keep Older People Driving

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Safer Cars Can Help Keep Older People Driving

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Many new-car safety features are good for all of us-but are especially helpful for older drivers, says Jacob Nelson, director of traffic safety advocacy and research at the AAA.

After years of advising older people to give up driving, experts now are focused more on helping them choose vehicles that can accommodate a physical disability or sensory loss.

"It's not about taking away the keys based on age, it's about function and the need to enable people to drive for as long as possible without endangering themselves or anyone else," says Elin Schold Davis, coordinator of the Older Driver Initiative of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

There's no such thing as "the best car for an older person," says Nelson of the AAA. "What matters are the features, and features that are appropriate for one driver are not necessarily appropriate for another. …

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