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Program helps elderly drivers adjust cars to their needs

Participants get seat and steering wheel adjustments along with special tools and devices. Participants get seat and steering wheel adjustments along with special tools and devices.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

DeWon Simpson is glad he went through the free carfit program provided by Crestwood Medical Center. He said it's as simple as pulling your vehicle into a line. 

"He asked me simple questions about myself and about my automobile and he showed me how he could make it safer for me," said Simpson.

Sherry Kolodziejcak is the director of Crestwood Therapy Services. She said that people who come in go through a twelve-point checklist including things like proper distance from the steering wheel and proper line-of-sight.

"Some of us may have seen folks who are just barely seeing over that steering wheel and I may recommend a wedge seat," she said.

Simpson said he has a better idea how to adjust his devices measured for his safety. He even learned how to avoid blind spots.

"You move over and adjust that mirror so you can just barely see the side of your vehicle," he explained.

Participants are given special tools like a wider rear view mirror. It broadens their perspective so they don't have to turn their neck to see what's behind them.

There is also a tool which allows the driver to cut themselves out of a seatbelt if they are in a wreck, or to break glass, if needed. A round seat allows someone with arthritis to turn easier and exit a vehicle.

The Crestwood carfit program helps our elderly citizens keep their independence and mobility, and keeps them safe as well.

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