Posted on May 29th, 2018

Helping older drivers stay safe

Thanks for taking the time to learn about our site. Vehicle safety technology is advancing fast, so we hope you keep coming back to stay on top of the latest developments.

In a complex subject, we have a simple goal. We want to help you stay safe on the road.

If you watch the video below, we want to know: Does Charlie’s story sound familiar?

 

Charlie is an aging driver who is not as nimble as he used to be. Twisting and turning his body to see what’s behind him is difficult. It’s harder to see at night. His reaction time has slowed.

Maybe he sounds like an older relative. Maybe he sounds like yourself.

Twenty years ago, Charlie might have had to give up driving because of his physical limitations. Ten years ago – even five years ago – the same result might have been true.

But now, thanks to vehicle safety technology, people such as Charlie are able to keep driving safely. Newer features such as backup cameras, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning all serve to assist him with his driving task.

It’s important to make a quick distinction: These are assistive technologies. They do not replace the driver. Charlie still must pay attention every time he is behind the wheel (repeat: every time), and these features will help him to see more and understand the driving environment better.

At MyCarDoesWhat.org, we work hard to inform drivers about how these safety features work. We want to make sure you are equipped with the knowledge to use these assistive technologies so that you stay safe on the road.

So if you know an older driver – of if you are that older driver – we hope you can share the video about Charlie’s story. And when you share it, we hope you can encourage others to visit our site and explore the safety features that we cover in great detail.

Thanks from all of us at MyCarDoesWhat.org.

Know more. Drive safer. Longer.