Are there any tools to make things easier?
Newer cars have helpful technology that benefits drivers of all ages. If a driver veers out of the lane or doesn’t keep hands on the steering wheel, the wheel vibrates. When using cruise control, the car can automatically slow when approaching another car. (Just don’t use cruise in the rain; your car may skid.) Side mirrors can signal when it’s not safe to change lanes.
Other inexpensive items that can be purchased and easily added to the car include visor extenders that protect from sun and glare; side mirrors that help address blind spot concerns; seat belt extenders that improve mobility; and steering wheel covers that protect from extreme temperatures.
Additional adaptive devices can be purchased and installed by professionals. Those include pedal extenders, seat lifts, and support cushions to name a few. It is best to talk these options through with AARP or AAA advisors, or even your favorite mechanic or car dealership.
BY MEGAN S. WILLMAN