April 2018

Help Older Drivers Stay Safe on the Road

View of the mountains through a car windshield

Being able to drive helps older adults maintain their sense of independence. But you may worry about your loved one every time he or she gets behind the wheel. Did you know you can make small changes to an older person’s car that can enhance his or her safety? Unfortunately, many older adults don’t make these adaptations, according to a new report from the American Automobile Association (AAA).

Here’s a look at what some of these adaptations are and how they can keep you or someone you love safe on the road for many years to come.

  • Driver seat cushions: Provide support and comfort and give the driver a better view of the road.

  • Convex/multifaceted mirrors: Improve visibility and reduce blind spots.

  • Gas pedal block: Raises the height of the brake and gas pedals so that they’re easier to use.

  • Hand controls: Give the driver the ability to control the brake and gas pedals using his or her hand instead of foot.

  • Left foot throttle: Enables drivers with limitations on the right leg to control the gas pedal using their left leg.

  • Pedal extension: Makes it easier to reach the gas and brake pedals while keeping a safe distance from the steering wheel and airbag, and improves visibility.

  • Steering wheel modifications: Improve the ease of steering; one requires less strength needed to steer and another offers the ability to steer using one hand.

  • Upper body support: Helps drivers with back and shoulder problems keep a safe and comfortable posture while driving.


Get more information

To learn more about how your loved ones can stay safe on the road as they age, visit the AAA’s Senior Driving page.