10 Cars for Older Drivers (Part 2)

With comfort being the most important factor for Mama and other older drivers, Kiplinger searched out the best medium-height cars that allow for a customizable drive through features like a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and adjustable-height driver’s seat. Mama also needs to see where she’s going, so many of the cars feature backup cameras and reverse sensors to help.

This is the second part of the list. You can read the first part here.

6)      Toyota Avalon – It’s like driving on a cloud. The Avalon offers a Driver Seat Memory option, large dash controls, navigation system, and backup monitor.

7)      Honda Odyssey EX-L – Not only can the Odyssey fit your grandkids comfortably, it has a low step-in height, push buttons for almost everything, a smooth ride, and high safety ratings.

8)      Chrysler 300C – This one takes Mama back to the good ol’ days. With a fantastic style and big, clean dashboard, I’m reminded of those long, sweet nights at the drive-in…..… where was I? Oh, yeah. The Chrysler 300C also offers heated seats, rearview camera, and adjustable pedals and steering wheel. Additional packages include forward collision warning and cross-path detection.

9)      Lexus RX 350 – Style, luxury, and comfort – all in one package. Adjustable by the touch of a button, the driver’s seat slides automatically to make entering and exiting hassle-free.

10)      Mercedes-Benz E350 – This car is comfort and safety wrapped in one luxurious package. It’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick; it has a 14-way adjustable seat; and it has a standard Attention Assist system.

AAA expects travel to increase this Thanksgiving

Turkey-day TravelTravel group AAA is estimating travel volume over this week’s Thanksgiving holiday will be up for the fourth year in a row.

AAA figures 43.6 million Americans will make the trip to Mama’s house for their annual helping of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Those 43.6 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more over the weekend. AAA estimated 43.3 million traveled last year. This will mark the fourth year in a row that Turkey-day travel will increase, after plunging by 25 percent in 2008. Continue reading

Preventative Maintenance for your Vehicle

Regular service appointments prevent vehicle breakdowns and ensure the car lasts longer.

Scheduling your car for regular preventative maintenance or “service” appointments can be likened to going to the dentist. Just as it is recommended to go to the dentist every six months for a checkup, the same care should be given to your vehicle.

Service appointments allow a certified technician to evaluate your car for current problems and to prevent future ones. During a preventative maintenance service, a technician goes through a checklist found in your vehicle’s owner’s manual and takes care of services like oil changes and tire rotations. These checks prevent breakdowns and make the vehicle last longer. Continue reading

10 Cars for Older Drivers (Part 1)

Finding a car for you young whippersnappers in your 50s, 60s, and 70s can be a daunting task. The vehicle has to be perfect – not so small that you struggle to fit in it and not so big you either cannot control it or cannot get in it in the first place.

With comfort being the most important factor for Mama and other older drivers, Kiplinger searched out the best medium-height cars that allow for a customizable drive through features like a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and adjustable-height driver’s seat. Mama also needs to see where she’s going, so many of the cars feature backup cameras and reverse sensors to help us older drivers. Continue reading