HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. -- A CarFit safety event for older drivers is set for April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon by appointment (20 minutes per driver and their personal vehicle) at Helen Hayes Hospital Parking Lot, 9W, West Haverstraw, N.Y.
The event is free and open to the public.
CarFit technicians will older drivers achieve a perfect fit for increased driver safety, making changes to seat and mirror positions, helping drivers achieve proper foot placement, and aiding with other adjustments that tailor a car's fit to its driver.
Each driver will also receive a bag filled with community resources, information about driving safety, and adaptive equipment options to trial that might help with positioning the person better in his or her car.
While older drivers are considered the safest drivers when it comes to wearing a seatbelt, driving within the speed limit and refraining from drinking and driving, they are also the most likely to get seriously injured or killed in a car accident due to the increased fragility of the aging body, said a release.
Driving a vehicle that has been properly adjusted to fit the user can not only increase the safety of the driver, but also the safety of others on the road.
The CarFit national educational program was created by the American Society on Aging, in collaboration with AAA, AARP and AAOTA, to ensure that all older drivers are able to achieve maximum safety.
To make an appointment for the West Haverstraw event, call (845)786-4809.