Elk Regional Announces ‘Seniors & Seats’ Program

On Sept. 7, Elk Regional Health Center will host volunteers from the CarFit Program and the Pennsylvania State Troopers during “Seniors & Seats,” a free public event designed to keep older drivers and young passengers safe.

CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to see how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. The CarFit program also provides drivers with information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers and increase their mobility in the community.

During a CarFit check, a team of trained technicians work with each participant to ensure they “fit” their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety.

CarFit volunteers can show older drivers how to properly adjust their mirrors to minimize blind spots. They can also help older drivers adjust their seat to ensure proper foot positioning on the gas and brake pedals, ensure that the driver is not sitting too close to the steering wheel, and provide them with devices that will help them safely get into and out of their vehicle.

A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

For more information about CarFit, call Andrea Brierer at (814) 490-5833 or visit CarFit online at www.car-fit.org.

Also during “Seniors & Seats,” Pennsylvania State Troopers will inspect car seats and booster seats and will show drivers how to properly install and use the child safety seats.

The “Seniors & Seats” program will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 in the front parking lot of the St. Marys Campus of Elk Regional Health Center.

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