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As you age, things like flexibility, vision, hearing, strength, coordination and reaction time may diminish, which can affect your ability to drive safely and comfortably as an older adult, according to NIH Senior Health.
These changes can vary from person to person, making it critical to visit the doctor regularly and take other precautionary measures to ensure your safety on the road.
Aside from visiting your general practitioner, you should find a car that's equipped with features - such as detection software and alerts - that allows you to travel independently with the utmost safety.
Let's take a closer look at some of best vehicle options for seniors:
2017 Subaru Forester
According to U.S. News & World Report, the 2017 Subaru Forester is an excellent option for older adults, due to its affordable price, easy-to-adjust cabin size and safety features. This SUV comes standard with all-wheel drive and a rearview camera, but options include blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and pre-collision braking.
2017 Hyundai Sonata
Seniors looking for a smaller vehicle should consider the 2017 Hyundai Sonata. This midsize sedan isn't only stylish and fuel efficient, it's also designed perfectly for those who live with mobility issues. It has a low ride height, which can make getting in and out of the cabin easier, and its supportive chairs make riding behind the wheel - and in the passenger's seat - as comfortable as possible. This car also features a rearview camera to navigate blind spots, and its infotainment system is designed to be simple and straightforward - two features that can ease the stress for drivers with vision impairments.
2014 Chevrolet Impala
For a ride with optimal safety ratings, consider the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, a vehicle that has earned a high overall road test score by Consumer Reports. Beyond providing a cautious, smooth ride, all controls, knobs and buttons inside the cabin are very easy to use. Standard features include forward-collision monitoring, lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring on the LTZ model.
2014 Kia Soul
Looking for a ride that's bigger than a midsize sedan but not quite an SUV? You may be interested in the 2014 Kia Soul. The large doors make for easy access into the cabin, and the seats boast quality comfort from the driver's seat and beyond, due to ventilated seats and heated steering wheel. The large dimensions of this box-shaped ride improve overall visibility, which makes navigating through traffic and parking in tight spaces much easier. What's more, is that the 2014 Kia Soul is relatively inexpensive and it's great on gas mileage.
2017 Buick LaCrosse
According to AutoBytel, the Buick LaCrosse is one of the best cars available for older adult drivers. Its stylish, cutting-edge presentation makes it easy on the eyes from the inside out. All of the controls are straightforward and easy-to-use, which makes adjusting the infotainment system and other features simple while you're on the road. Option features include lane-change alert, adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation with automatic braking. This car also offers OnStar, which is a telematics system that can notify the authorities and alert roadside assistance if you've been in an accident, or are in need of assistance in some way while travelling.
If you're ready to start driving a safer vehicle, talk to one of your family members about heading to the dealership to check one of these cars today.