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Saturday September 5th, 2015 3:50AM

CarFit checks how seniors' cars 'fit' them

By Ken Stanford Reporter
GAINESVILLE - CarFit is coming to Gainesville Monday to offer senior drivers a free chance to check how their cars "fit" them.

Developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) partnership, CarFit's trained professionals take older drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle, recommending minor adjustments that help make their cars "fit" better for comfort and safety. An occupational therapist is also on hand to provide information to seniors on how to maintain and strengthen driving health.

By 2030, there will be an estimated 58.9 million people age 65 and older - that's 1 in 5 people. They're expected to represent 1 in 4 licensed drivers at that time.

Since 1980, Georgia's senior population has increased by almost 30 percent compared to an increase of 18 percent for those younger than age 65.

The event, hosted by the University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI), the Georgia State Patrol (GSP), and Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), will be held Monday from 2:00-4:00 at First Baptist Church on Green Street.

Drivers may schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-342-9819.
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