BG hosts Road Safety event PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Friday, 30 August 2013 08:57
James McClure, manager at Valvoline Oil Change in Bowling Green, talks about tire pressure with Phyllis Waters of Bowling Green during an inspection of her car on Aug. 23. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
The city of Bowling Green's first Road Safety Education event for senior citizens, held last Friday, proved people are looking for ways to become safer in their cars, and better drivers despite advancing years.
"We had more than 50 participants," confirmed Danielle Brogley, director of programming at the Wood County Committee on Aging, which co-hosted the event with the city of Bowling Green, its police and street departments, and the AARP.
The Road Safety day was an expansion on a national program called Carfit, offered locally each of the last three years, and the number of seniors who took part was an increase over last year.
Carfit was still the most popular component of the four-hour event.
"A lot of the seniors did want to run their car through" the checkpoint, which allowed individual drivers to check how well their personal vehicles fit them, said Brogley.
"A lot of them didn't know even where their hazard lights were," for example.
Many of the people who showed up were widows, she added. "Their husbands had done the driving and now" they were working to get acclimated to driving again, and to becoming comfortable with their own vehicle.
Several educational seminars were also offered, featuring speakers from AARP and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
"They really did ask some good questions," Brogley said, praising senior attendees and some adult children, who were also in the audience. One such query: "If someone is tailgating you, how to respond appropriately so the individual behind you doesn't get upset."
The staff of the county senior center is already hoping to repeat Road Safety Education Day. "There is clearly a need for it," Brogley said.

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