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Safety features could help older drivers

Smart cars that apply the brakes to avoid imminent collisions, steer away from trouble and detect oncoming traffic could soon allow older drivers to travel safer. Many New York motorists know that some vehicles are already being equipped with safety technology, but these are mainly features of expensive models. With additional revolutionary tech expected in just a few years, some of these safety features are anticipated to become standard in all vehicles soon, which may make them more accessible to everyone.

In 2016, early Baby Boomers are turning 70 years old as car makers reveal new safety technology. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that almost 54 million U.S. residents will be 70 and older by 2030. Based on current driving trends, roughly 80 percent of them are estimated to have licenses, but this ratio could increase if safety technology allows seniors to continue driving.

A car insurer, and MIT researchers conducted a survey which indicated that safety technology will become a key factor for 75 percent of drivers 50 and older when they go to purchase a car in the next two years.

Although safety technology can help drivers avoid auto accidents, it is more likely for elderly motorists to become confused in heavy traffic at on-ramps and intersections. Additionally, aging often limits range of motion, so it is harder for older adults to check for hazards around them. Regardless of age, distracted driving is a serious issue. A person who has been injured in an accident caused by a negligent driver might want to have legal assistance in seeking compensation for medical bills and other losses.

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