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October 18, 2012

Safety program helps seniors fit with their cars

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Why do seniors often fit so poorly in their cars?

“A lot of it’s bad habits, and a lack of education about what is ergonomically better for them,” Tibbetts said, “and what is safer for them while they are driving.”

The program is aimed at people over 65, the fastest-growing segment of the population in the United States. It’s estimated that there will more than 30 million drivers age 65 and older by 2030, according to a CarFit media advisory. Seniors have the second-highest crash death rate per mile, topped only by teenage drivers.

“It’s important to keep seniors driving safe and comfortably,” Andre said. “Oftentimes, a senior will buy a car or be given a car and get into the car and leave everything the way it was. They don’t know how to adjust it. They don’t know what is the proper fit, what the proper mirror angles are for their maximum safety.”

To participate in the CarFit program, seniors must make an appointment by calling the Danvers Senior Center at 978-762-0208. Seniors can also sign up at the center. Each car fitting takes 15 to 20 minutes.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

If you go

What: CarFit program for older adults

When: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Rain date is Oct. 31, same time)

Where: Danvers Senior Center, 25 Stone St., back parking lot.

For an appointment: Contact the Senior Center at 978-762-0208.

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