As the baby boomer generation gets older, the number of elderly that know how to operate a car also grows. While it’s a good benefit for the elderly to know how to operate a car since it allows them to remain mobile despite their old age, most cars are not designed to be elderly friendly and can be risky for them when they are driving alone.
That’s where assistive technology comes in. Over the past few years, technology has made giant strides to help make elderly care and well-being better and more efficient than ever before, road safety included.
Currently, there are a number of small assistive devices available in the market that help make lives of elderly drivers easier. Here are a few of them:
- Back up cameras
While newer generation cars have backup cameras equipped on them, not all cars have this handy device; older generation cars don’t have this and rely on mirrors and a driver’s estimation.
Because elderly drivers no longer have good eyesight like when they were younger, it becomes hard for them to back up into tight parking spaces and making proper estimations when they back up. Installable back up cameras help support elder drivers by upgrading their older generation cars to have backup cameras that help elders make better estimates and better see where they are backing up.
- Blind spot detection system
When driving a car, it’s important to be able to see what goes on all around your car, and side and rear mirrors help make this possible. But experienced drivers know that a car’s side and rear mirrors doesn’t give a complete 360-degree view of the car’s surrounding and that there are “blind spots” to watch out for when driving.
These blind spots become a huge risk factor for elderly drivers, especially when they are on the highway with other cars. Blind spot detector systems help reduce these blind spots by helping elders know if there are cars in the blind spots or not. These detectors use sensors and alert systems to help elders know that there is a car in the blind spot and it’s dangerous to transfer lanes.
- Key turner
One of the first functions that weaken when elders reach senior age is strength and motor function. This means it becomes hard for them to lift objects, turn doorknobs, and even turn the key when opening car doors or car engines.
Simple devices like key turners help seniors who have weakened functions to do tasks while exerting little effort.
- Collision warning device
Collisions on the road happen very frequently all over the globe. Both young and old drivers can get into a collision at any time, and elder drivers are more prone to this than younger ones.
Since elders have fragile bodies because of their old age, getting into a collision can prove fatal to them. That’s why having a collision warning device in their car will prove helpful to them and their safety. Collusion warning devices use state-of-the-art sensors to detect pedestrians, vehicles, and speed limit signs to help elder drivers know if they’re moving too fast or about to bump into a person or another vehicle. Collusion warning devices can significantly help protect elders while on the road.
Keep your elders safe on the road
As we watch our parents get older, let us remember the memorable times that they drove us to where we needed to go: school, parties, and even on your wedding day. They were there when we needed them, so let us be there when they need us. There are many road assistive devices that can be used to support elderly care in Singapore. You’ll surely find a device will help support your parents or grandparents with their daily drive.