Older Florida Drivers: Does Your Vehicle Still “Fit” You?

by Carmen Dellutri on December 26, 2012

Car Accident attorney SarasotaOlder Florida drivers are often at an increased risk for a Naples car accident. Although cognitive decline and slowing reflexes can all play a part, poor vehicle “fit” may also be a contributing factor.

Florida is one of several states to participate in CarFit, an educational program created by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with AARP, AAA, and the American Occupational Therapy Association. It aims to help older drivers improve the “fit” of their vehicles for safety and comfort, as well as promote driving safety among the older population.

As detailed by the Florida Highway Patrol, CarFit uses a team of trained technicians and event coordinators to assist senior drivers to ensure each has:

  • A clear line of sight over the steering wheel;
  • Adequate space between the front airbag/steering wheel and the driver’s breastbone;
  • Properly adjusted head restraints;
proper positioning on gas and brake pedals;
  • Proper safety belt use and fit, and safe positioning of mirrors to minimize blind spots.

As the FHP explains, “The 30-minute intervention not only provides an opportunity to open a positive, non- threatening conversation about driver safety, but it also provides specific community resources to help older drivers stay healthy and continue to drive for as long as safely possible.”

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.  

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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