While you might prefer hiring senior care providers to help your loved one get around to where she needs to go, she might still want to drive. If she's able to drive, then having a safe vehicle is essential. Here are some things to look for if your loved one is considering a new car.
Car Color Can Matter
The exterior color of a car can matter an awful lot. In the past, people steered clear of cars that might be considered "too fast" simply because of the color. Now, the reason to pay attention to the car's color can have more to do with keeping it comfortable in hot weather and visible at night. Lighter colored cars can achieve both of those goals in one fell swoop, so they might be a better choice for your loved one than other colors.
Safety Devices Are Important
Built-in safety devices have come a long way over the years, possibly even since the last time your loved one bought a car. Anti-lock brakes, air bags, and crumple zones all combine to keep the occupants of the car protected. Much newer vehicles might have features such as automatic braking and blind spot alerts. Take a look at the included safety devices and determine whether any optional safety items can be added.
Choose Extended Side Mirrors
One particular safety device that you might not think about is extended side mirrors. These types of mirrors give your loved one a wider view and help to eliminate blind spots. They can be particularly helpful if your loved one has difficulty turning all the way to be able to look over her shoulder. In conjunction with built-in blind spot alarms, your loved one should be able to avoid problems with her blind spot.
Look for Adaptations
Extensions to help your loved one reach the foot pedals and adjustable seats that rotate are just a few of the adaptations that you might consider for your loved one. Look closely at what else you can modify or adjust to help your loved one continue to be as safe as possible while she's driving.
In the end, safety needs to be the biggest consideration if your loved one is car shopping.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Laurel, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today at 406-839-2390.