Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Mercury Caliente Safe and Comfy for Elderly Passengers
Do you frequently drive your elderly grandparents around in your Mercury Caliente vehicle? Do you often find yourself accompanying your parents on the road for errands? While your car is equipped with all the modern amenities and comfort equipment to make every ride as pleasant as possible, you may have to keep in mind some extra maintenance tips geared towards keeping your car elderly-friendly. Below, enumerated are some tips to help you achieve this goal:
- Invest on a set of extra steps for your ride.
No matter how high (or low) your vehicle is, you will need extra support for your elderly passengers as they get in and out of your ride. This means investing on a set of running boards or nerf bars, those extra stepping pads that will serve as a third step from the ground to the doorway of your vehicle. This will prevent any accident, especially when it's raining or snowing and everything is slippery. Adding a set will surely make your car a favorite among your elderly passengers.
- Keep your car's ventilation system running well.
Whether on a long or a short trip, comfort and convenience inside your ride will be largely determined by the temperature inside your cabin. The elderly can be especially sensitive to the weather, especially those with weak and arthritic bones. Driving in the cold weather entails a properly functioning car heating system. Meanwhile, summer drives call for a properly working A/C assembly. No matter the weather, be sure your ride is ready and comfy!
If you've been on a long road trip and has experienced that annoying feeling of growing uncomfortable on the seats no matter what position you take, remember that the elderly are even more prone to this because of their weaker bones and muscles. Therefore, you need to ensure that your car seats are in their best order. Right from the start, be sure that the seats you get are comfortable and of high quality—do not skimp on these as they will largely determine your overall driving convenience. From their construction to their materials, be sure you go for only the best. Also, see to it that the seats' reclining mechanisms are properly working. You can also invest in heated seats for those cold, long drives.
- Keep as much space and legroom as possible.
You can't do much about the existing built of your Mercury Caliente; you will have to make do with whatever you're given with right from the dealership. However, what you can do is to ensure that you free up as much space and legroom in your ride by getting rid of whatever is there that shouldn't be there in the first place. This means trash that was not taken out, stuff left on the car and forgotten, practically anything in your vehicle that you don't regularly use in your drive (i.e. your sport equipment that you have come to store in the car but only use about two to three times a month). For those knick knacks that are scattered around in the cabin, you can get organizers for them. This will go a long way to giving your elderly passengers—and even you—a pleasant ride experience.