Photos: Driving advice for elderly

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Driving by the clock: Technicians at a CarFit session Wednesday instruct a driver that the proper place to have her hands on the steering wheel is at 9 and 3 o’clock. The technicians performed a 12-point inspection for each elderly driver who came to the Westmere firehouse yesterday. Such devices as extra mirrors for those with stiff necks were also available during the National Elder Driver Safety Awareness Week program. More information is available online at

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Finding the right fit: Donna Stressel tells Ron Bratspis, a resident of Atria Crossgates, about the best kind of seat cushion to use in his car with his curvature of the spine. He is holding the inflatable doughnut he currently uses, but she said she’ll find a better solution. Bratspis was one of many elderly residents who attended a Car-Fit session held Wednesday at the Westmere firehouse. CarFit is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with the American Automobile Association, the American Association of Retired Persons, and the American Occupational Therapy Association.