CarFit event to help seniors drive safer

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CarFit instructors teach senior drivers how to adjust their mirrors, pedals and seats to maximize their comfort and safety in their cars. (Courtesy of AAA)
CarFit instructors teach senior drivers how to adjust their mirrors, pedals and seats to maximize comfort and safety in their cars. (Courtesy of AAA)

The group Peninsula Seniors and Law Enforcement Together is sponsoring a June 16 event in Yorktown designed to help senior drivers assess how well they fit in the vehicles they drive.

CarFit is a free, community-based educational program designed to help senior drivers assess their physical safety within their vehicles. The program also instructs drivers on what actions they can take to improve their comfort while on the road with adjustments to mirrors, pedals and seats.

The free event will run from 9 a.m. to noon in the main parking lot of Northside Christian Church, located at 1300 George Washington Memorial Highway.

Proper fit in the vehicle can greatly increase a driver’s safety and the safety of others, according to York County officials.

At the CarFit event, a team of trained professionals will lead participants through a 12-point check-up to ensure they fit in their vehicles properly for maximum comfort and safety. The check-up takes about 20 minutes to complete.

The CarFit program was created by the American Society on Aging and developed in cooperation with the American Automobile Association, the American Association of Retired Persons and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

For more information and to schedule your CarFit appointment, call 757-890-3883.