Some suggestions on acquiring a new superior-tech motor vehicle for the older driver

QUINCY — When I got my initially vehicle, a utilized VW Beetle in 1964, it seemed very simple and remarkable. The Beetle experienced a stick shift, which I experienced enjoyment finding out, and if the automobile didn’t start off, we’d press it to get it likely.

Purchasing a brand new vehicle at age 77 is continue to remarkable but oh so diverse.

After 8 many years and 227,000 miles in my 2013 Subaru Impreza, it was time to end spending on repairs. I was prepared to buy a 2021 Subaru CrossTrek with a Thule bicycle rack on the back. Friends were encouraging but claimed I might uncover the new technological know-how puzzling.

The ride in my new car is so smooth. And it has lots of clever new protection capabilities. I’ve arrive to count on yellow lights flashing on the side see mirrors when someone is coming up to move me. And when a car in entrance of me was unexpectedly sluggish producing a proper transform and my car or truck obtained also shut, I felt my auto brakes catch and sluggish me down.

But I do find the new dashboard screens perplexing. I even now will not know what some of the icons or symbols “do.” And exactly where is that voice out of the blue coming from? 

Marsha Stevens,75, of Hingham with her Subaru Forester on Tuesday July 6, 2021 Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger

Marsha Stevens, 75, of Hingham, is an academic consultant who bought a new Subaru Forester very last fall. She lately returned to the Earth Subaru dealership in Hanover in distress.

“I experienced a lengthy highway excursion the following working day and thought I had a significant mechanical defect,” she reported.

Additional:A Good AGE: At 100 Rockland’s Lillie Durgan advises ‘Do for yourself. Use it or get rid of it.’

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