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Helping senior drivers stay fit

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The numbers may surprise you.

AARP is reporting that by 2030 there will be nearly 59 million people 65 or older. That's one in five.

They are expected to represent one in four licensed drivers.

But reps say driving can be a challenge for some senior citizens because our bodies change as we age and don't fit in cars.

So an initiative aimed at changing that kicked off on Saturday.

The Car Fit at the Good Samaritan society in Davenport let seniors drive up and get fit for their cars with a 12-point checklist: everything from seat belt adjustments to steering wheel position.

Organizers say its about making sure seniors are able to drive safely for longer.

"Most seniors are usually concerned to participate in things like this because they're afraid it's a step away from their independence," said Cyndi Koenez, Good Samaritan marketing director. "That's not what this is about. this is about keeping them safe in an easy manner so they can maintain that independence

Saturday marked the first time for this event at the Good Samaritan campus.

Organizers are hoping to do it again this September.

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