Insurance Institute Warns Not Enough Cars Being Built for Older Drivers

The Insurance Institute for Public Safety is warning auto makers that they are not producing enough cars to accommodate older drivers. According to the institute, most vehicles are produced without quality features that can keep a more fragile older driver safe, as a result, older drivers may be in greater danger of being injured or killed on the road.

With a growing number of Baby Boomers rapidly approaching retirement age, the insurance industry is trying to find ways to make sure the roads remain safe. According to the Insurance Institute, the senior population is expected to double in the next few decades, which means it is now time to start creating cars that keep them in mind.

Right now, the institute believes that too many vehicles lack anti-lock brakes, steering balance, and visibility from the driver’s seat, among other crucial safety features. Additionally, the “bells and whistles” found on many cars are simply too technologically advanced for many senior Americans to manage while driving. These extras have been added to attract young drivers without taking into consideration how functionally ineffective they are for seniors.

However, auto manufacturers say that making tweaks to vehicles isn’t something they can do overnight. And if they create vehicles specifically for older drivers, they most likely will not sell since their top clients are younger drivers. Additionally, automakers insist that current safety features, including anti-skid systems, airbags, and increased numbers of crash-worthy frames are sufficient for drivers of any age.

Though auto manufacturers are currently sidestepping responsibility for new adjustments for older drivers, advocates like the Insurance Institute say they will continue to push for these vehicle adjustments to help keep senior drivers safe.

Do you think the auto industry should adjust vehicles to accommodate older drivers?