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Tips for choosing vehicles with 'smart features' for older drivers

AAA recommends that if you:

• Suffer from hip or leg pain, decreased leg strength or limited knee range of motion, look for vehicles with six-way adjustable power seats and seat heights that come between the driver's mid-thigh and lower buttocks. These features can make it easier for drivers to enter and exit a vehicle.

• Have arthritic hands, painful or stiff fingers or diminished find motor skills, choose four-door models, thick steering wheels, keyless entry and ignition, power mirrors and seats, and larger dashboard controls with buttons. These features reduce the amount of grip strength needed and reduce pain that can occur with turning or twisting motions.

• Have diminished vision or problems with high-low contrast, look for vehicles with auto-dimming mirrors, large audio and climate controls and displays with contrasting text.

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