Making some simple modifications in your car and provide increased comfort and safety for older drivers – yet a survey showed that fewer that 10 percent of drivers aged 65 and older made use them.
For example, pedal extensions for some elders can help create a safe distance from the steering wheel or airbag and increase visibility of mirrors and out windows. Convex or multifaceted mirrors can help boost visibility and minimize blind spots. A simple seat cushion may improve sight line and reduce back or hip pain. And a steering wheel cover improves grip on the wheel. These all increase the safety of the driver and others on the road.
While many seniors are considered safe drivers, they are also the most vulnerable to serious injury in a crash. Drivers 65 and older are also more than twice as likely as younger drivers to be killed when involved in an accident in a vehicle.
Occupational Therapists can be a tremendous help in determining the correct equipment and adaptations to best accommodate an individual. It is also important to ensure the changes are properly installed and adjusted to the driver.
And of course – always wear your seat belt.
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