Auto industry adjusts to silver tsunami!
As we age, our ability to drive well fades. Our vision deteriorates, and arthritis may make it harder to move our necks and hold the steering wheel easily. These are just some of the problems that force some seniors to give up driving.
But in recent years, the auto industry has added features to cars that make it possible for seniors to continue driving and remain active in their communities. If you are in this situation, consider the following additions that companies have made to their vehicles:
- larger door openings and adjustable power seats make it easier to get in and out of the car;
- better dashboard lighting makes it easier to see the dash;
- thicker steering wheels make it less painful to grip the wheel;
- keyless entry and ignition eliminate the need to grip a thin key and push it into a small opening.
The U.S. Auto Association says that 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day. One can expect, therefore, that demand for such cars will increase, and though the numbers will be smaller in Canada, the trend is obvious.
Don’t assume that just because you’re older, you won’t be able to continue driving. Just look around for the right car!
This ad appeared in the Richmond News on February 8, 2013.