Older Adult Safety While Driving: Why the Car’s Fit Matters

Older Adult Safety While Driving: Why the Car’s Fit Matters

The ability of an older adult to move about their community to shop for personal goods and services and for recreation and socialization is essential for full participation in all aspects of life. The inability to be mobile in the community makes it difficult for older adults to visit the doctor, socialize with friends and acquire goods, and places older adults at a high risk for isolation and depression.
Community mobility for older adults is likely to occur in a private automobile. Approximately 89% of trips taken by older adults are in private automobiles as either the driver or passenger (Houser, 2005).