Finding the right fit for older drivers is key: RACQ

RACQ has encouraged older drivers to consider their mobility, flexibility and reaction time when purchasing a new car.

Seven News Brisbane reported the right vehicle was good for your health and could also keep you on the road for longer.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said as we aged our buying priorities changed as well, which is why it was important to look into which car was the right fit for you.

“Safety is one of the top priorities when it comes to investing a vehicle, particularly as we age because the older we get the more prone we are to injury,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Now there’s so much technology available that works as we are driving and can help prevent a crash.

“ It’s good to consider crash prevention features such as autonomous emergency braking, brake assist and lane keep assist.

“Reverse cameras and parking sensors are also great features that help eliminate blind spots and provide warning if you are approaching an object when parking.”

Ms Ritchie said small to mid-size SUV’s were good options for older drivers as they had higher seating positions.

“A high riding 4WD may not be a good choice for older drivers as they may have to stretch to get in and out. You always want to make sure you can get into the vehicle without excessive bending or stretching,” she said.

“Visibility is also an extremely important and personal consideration, how you are impacted by blind spots will depend on the driver’s height and seating position.

“It’s also a good idea to check how wide the doors open and investigate power operated boots to make access easier.”

More information on car selection for older drivers could be found on RACQ’s website.