As you get older, your reaction time gets slower and it can affect the way your drive a vehicle.

Needing to have full focus on the road and to be able to see and hear everything, cars can be a dangerous place for elderly people.

However, Ford has the technology to keep drivers, especially elderly drivers, safe. The entire cast and crew at the Rusty Wallace Ford dealership in Dandridge are thrilled with Ford’s innovations in this particular area and you will be too!

One of the best safety features that Ford can provide for elderly drivers is the Ford Co-Pilot360.

First introduced in 2018, the Ford Co-Pilot360 is an advanced suite of standard driver-assist technology.

It includes, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, a lane keep system, rear backup camera and auto high beam lighting so that you’ll never have trouble seeing the road.

And, in June of this year, they went to the next level with their technology. Adding to the Ford Co-Pilot360, Ford is now offering active driver assist, which allows for hands-free driving.

Active driver assist allows you to set your car to whatever speed you would like, as well as how many car links you would like to be to the car in front of you. Once you do that, you can take your hands off the wheel and the car will drive itself for you, as long as you continue to pay attention to the road ahead.

Along with that upgrade comes the advanced driver-facing camera. Using an advanced infrared driver-facing camera, it will track eye gaze and head position to ensure drivers are paying attention to the road while in hands-free mode as well as lane centering mode. Drivers will be notified by visual prompts on their instrument cluster when they need to return their attention to the road or resume control of the vehicle. The car will slow down until you’re ready to focus back on the road.

That technology will begin on select 2021 model year Ford vehicles.

A fairly simple but effective technological advancement in vehicles for elderly drivers is Bluetooth. With Bluetooth in most Ford vehicles, you never have to touch the radio or look at your phone again. With voice-activated technology, you can say whatever music you want to play, and it will come over your radio. You can even turn the music up or down using you voice.

Along with that, you can also go hands-free when calling someone and can even send a text using your voice.

It can be tough for everyone to drive, but as you get older, being able to handle a car gets more and more difficult. However, Ford is there to help you.

A car dealership that wants to help you find the safest vehicle and at the right price are the great folks at Rusty Wallace Ford. They have up-to-date cars that help you remain safe with an auto-braking and emergency systems as well as Bluetooth systems that keep you from even thinking about looking at your phone.

If you’re looking to drive home happy, make the short drive to Dandridge and Rusty Wallace Ford. They are located at 134 Sharon Dr. in Dandridge and are open from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Monday-Friday and 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturdays. If you have questions, you can call at 865-344-2270.

-Sponsored by Rusty Wallace Ford