Help For Older Drivers
While drivers aged 65 years and older are generally considered to be safe drivers, they are more vulnerable to injuries arising from automobile crashes. With this in mind, the American Occupational Therapy Association recommends that older drivers work with trained therapists to review modifications to their vehicles that may help reduce crashes. The American Automobile Association has identified 12 simple, low-cost safety adaptations that seniors can make to their vehicles to improve driving safety. These include the installation of steering wheel covers that improve the grips of drivers with arthritic hands, driver seat cushions that help reduce back and hip pain, and pedal extensions that allow shorter drivers to sit safely (12 inches) from steering wheel air bags.