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Top 11 Cars for Senior Drivers

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Top 11 Cars for Senior Drivers

By Anne-Marie Botek,†AgingCare.com Editor

Older adults who continue to drive into their 80s have a more than five-fold risk of getting into a fatal accident than middle-aged motorists, according to a new Consumer Reports analysis.

Age-related declines in sight, reflexes and mental acuity can make the task of driving more difficult and dangerous for an elderly person. Many states have implemented special requirements for seniors seeking to renew their driverís licenses, including additional road tests and driverís education courses.

To an aging adult, a car represents a source of much-needed mobility in a world where grocery stores, doctorís offices and shopping centers often arenít within walking distance. Most seniors are understandably reluctant to relinquish the keys to such a vital piece of freedom.

Companies are beginning to include extra features in vehicles aimed at keeping older adults behind the wheel longer. Features like large buttons, backup cameras, and programs that will notify a driver if theyíve veered out of their lane are becoming commonplace in many recently-made automobiles.

In their investigation, Consumer Reports included a list of cars recommended for older drivers. These automobiles were chosen based on how they scored in assessments of visibility, controls, driving position, comfort and access.

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12:44AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Thanks.

5:33AM PDT on Oct 15, 2012

Love my Rav4! Not too big, not too small. Easy to get in and out of. Not too high, not too low, just right! Plus, Ravie automatically stops at all yard/garage sales, flea markets and holds all the good buys with NO problem!

9:06AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

I'm driving the wrong car!

5:46AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

It needs to have live spirit.

3:59PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

thanks does a 2005 Altima count

9:59AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Interesting!

8:15AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

TRY THE AURIS HYBRID...BRILLIANT!

4:48AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Why don't I find BMW on the list???

3:38AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

Thanks.

1:58AM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

thanks

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