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Tools Available for Elderly Drivers

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Despite age-related difficulties that can impair driving ability, most older adults aren’t using inexpensive tools that can make driving easier for them. In a study of 2,990 active older drivers ages 65 to 79, only 9 percent reported using devices such as pedal extensions, seat cushions, steering wheel covers, or hand controls. By improving visibility, comfort, and/or body function, these devices can reduce the risk for crashes and may even extend the time that older adults can continue to drive. The study was conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA), which urges older drivers to consult with a trained technician who can guide them in making the appropriate adjustments to their vehicles. AAA and AARP provide vehicle adjustment training for older adults; visit car-fit.org for more information.
Source: AAA, published online Nov. 29, 2017