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When one plans for the future, it’s sometimes those small-yet-important details that get overlooked—such as whether or not you’ll need or be able to drive.

 

A recent article in The New York Times (“When Planning for Retirement, Consider Transportation,” October 18, 2014) explores the importance of transportation considerations in retirement planning. Dense metropolitan areas, such as Washington D.C. and New York City, have strong public transportation systems. On the other hand, popular retirement destinations, such as sunny Florida or Southern California, often require a car for day-to-day needs, such as grocery shopping or doctors’ appointments.

 

If you plan to remain behind the wheel, consumerreports.org provides a “Smart retiree’s guide to buying your last car” (June 2014). This guide recommends you look for a vehicle with adjustable seats, lumbar support and a “tilt and telescope” steering wheel. Even if you live in a warm climate, heated seats are great for sore backs.

 

Backup cameras, blind-spot-detection and cross-traffic alerts expand your visibility and can alert you to obstacles around you. Other key considerations are ease of access and reliability. Ensure your new car has wide door openings and plenty of passenger space. Review Consumer Reports’ reliability ratings before making a purchase.

 

How are you ensuring safe transportation? Do you intend to keep driving in retirement?