Choosing a safe car
It is particularly important for older people to consider safety features and options when choosing a car. There are many safety features available in cars to help keep you safer and driving longer.
Even though older drivers have fewer crashes than other age groups, they are more likely to sustain serious or life threatening injuries if there is a crash.
This is caused by increased frailty in older people, making them more susceptible to injury. For example, someone who is 80 is five times more fragile compared to someone who is 50 years old.
As we age:
- It takes less force to cause tissue damage and fractures.
- Existing health conditions can exaggerate the level of injuries sustained.
- People are less able to recover from injuries, resulting in more complications, longer hospital stay and more rehabilitation.
If you are buying a car, RACV's Make the right choice - Vehicle safety advice for older drivers can help with your decision. This guide provides essential vehicle safety information and a checklist of important features you should look for when buying a car.
For a copy of this guide, contact RACV.