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IS YOUR CAR A GOOD FIT FOR YOU?

PROGRAM PROMOTES SENIOR DRIVING SAFETY

                              Date: April 21, 2014                                        PIO # 14-4-29

FREE CARFIT CHECKUP
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday, April 24
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Station 27
2610 SW 40 Ave., West Park, FL


Older drivers often get a bad rap for being a menace on the road, but data about their safe driving practices reveals quite the contrary.


According to a recent survey from the AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), nine in 10 older drivers fasten their seat belts when they get behind the wheel and more than a third have taken driver improvement courses.


Broward County seniors can follow the lead of more than 30,000 older drivers from around the country who've participated in CarFit, a safety program that runs vehicle owners and their cars through a 12-point checklist to assess the fit of a driver's car for safety settings. Created through a partnership between AAA, AARP and AOTA, and sponsored by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, CarFit helps promote conversations between older drivers and their families about driving safety and help seniors improve the ‘fit’ of their vehicles. To schedule your free 20-minute appointment, call Special Projects Coordinator Ann Zucker at 954-831-8200.


At the event, you’ll be able to talk with senior drivers and see first-hand how trained technicians help aging drivers with the comfort and safety settings in their car including:


• A clear line-of-sight over the steering wheel


• Adequate space between the front air bag/steering wheel and the driver’s breastbone


• Properly adjusted head restraints


• Proper positioning on gas and brake pedals


• Proper seat belt use and fit


• Safe positioning of mirrors to minimize blind spots


This report by:
Mike Jachles/PIO
04/21/14 1500
 


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