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Does Your Car ‘Fit’?

Abilities, Inc. at The Viscardi Center is hosting a CarFit educational program on Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at its campus at 201 I.U. Willets Road in Albertson. CarFit was created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AARP, the American Occupational Therapy Association and AAA.

CarFit is a national educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their vehicles “fit” them. During the CarFit evaluation, trained technicians thoroughly check each individual’s safety belt position, distance from the airbag as well as the seat and mirror positions to maximize the driver’s comfort and safety.   

“We take the time to make sure items like shoes and bike helmets fit us properly to ensure comfort and protection but most of us never think about our cars,” said Jessica Swirsky, president and chief operating officer at Abilities, Inc. at The Viscardi Center. While older drivers are often the safest drivers, adults over the age of 65 are more likely to be seriously injured in an automobile accident than a younger person, according to a report by the University of Florida. This is not because they are more likely to be in an accident, but accidents that they are in tend to be more serious due to the greater fragility of their aging bodies.

An occupational therapy practitioner conducts the adapted driver evaluations and a specialist in adaptive driving provides lessons.

The CarFit check takes approximately 20-30 minutes and is free of charge. Appointments are required and can be made by calling AAA NY at 873-2364. Visit www.car-fit.org for additional information.