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Vehicle technology tips for senior drivers

Safety is important for any driver in Walker County, Alabama. Even though they may be more cautious and less likely to break traffic laws, age eventually dictates that they must give up driving. According to Automotive Fleet Magazine, manufacturers recognize the importance of the freedom that comes from driving, and they are designing vehicles with technology that reduces the difficulties that seniors face.

New vehicles often include systems that alert drivers to objects or people who are near the vehicle, and some even prevent a collision by automatically applying the brakes. The cameras and monitors that are typically a part of these programs also provide a surround view that eliminates blind spots and the need for drivers to crane their necks around to see behind them. Edmunds.com points out that the headlights of new vehicles have changed. Now, the systems adjust the brightness to conditions automatically, as well as following the steering wheel turns so they provide illumination around curves in the road.

Vehicles are also including technology that provides comfort as well as driving assistance. For example, those suffering from arthritis may have difficulty turning a key, but now door locks, trunk lids and ignitions can be operated with buttons, instead. Seat, steering wheel and pedal positions are being designed for more adjustable options so that seniors with chronic pain or stiff joints are more comfortable behind the wheel, as well.

For those who feel uncertain about evaluating the usefulness of vehicle technology, the American Automobile Association and the AARP provide information that can help identify the features that will benefit them the most.

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