We know that technology is purported to make life easier but what about the safety aspect? When it comes to seniors who continue to drive despite the potential perils of getting older, technology can be a literal lifesaver. Whether you are a senior or have an aging loved one, all of us can benefit from anything that makes us safer.
Let us share five new “assistive” technologies with you in our blog article. Our goal is that you can learn more about tools that can help both you and your senior loved ones.
- Driverless Parking Systems.
Adults of all ages struggle with parallel parking and fitting into tight spaces. Did you know though that with the advent of new driving technologies, some of which now come standard on newer vehicles, parking has never been easier? These systems can even safely put a vehicle in a desired spot, without needing input from the driver. They also include features showing curb distances, and can warn of any objects in the way.
- Blind Spot Warnings.
It’s not uncommon for drivers to look over their shoulders for what they can’t see in their rearview mirrors. That simple motion, however, can be difficult for elder motorists or people with disabilities. Thankfully, new driving technology can warn of any objects or other vehicles in a car’s blind spot. An audio or visual alert can help the driver, who has the potential to be at risk, avoid what they can’t otherwise see.
- Smart Headlights.
It’s always a good idea to keep your headlights on when driving, and many newer cars and trucks make this an automatic feature. Further, smart headlights can change in intensity and angle of direction to reduce glare, especially in rain, snow and fog.
- Emergency Systems.
Emergency systems are a great safety precaution for drivers of all ages, but particularly for elder drivers. These systems offer a direct line to help so that rapid response emergency workers can tend to an accident or other dangerous situation. Adult children or other family members should take the time to train an elder loved one about how to use the emergency system.
- Sleeping Alerts.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving causes more than 100,000 accidents each year. An advancement in new alert technology can sense sleepiness and issue a loud warning to bring one’s attention back to the road.
These are just a few of the ways technology continues to improves the lives of Florida seniors, and young generations as well. Tools like these can mean it is possible to age-in-place longer without your own home environment. The key is it plan early for these challenges, along with ones you may not know about yet. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your questions for yourself and your loved ones right here in Tampa Bat.