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A difficult drive in a suit designed to mimic effects of aging

June 18, 2009

Vivian Nereim, Boston Globe

EAST HARTFORD — The frustration sank in the moment I got in the car. I couldn’t reach the brake. Adjusting the driver’s seat seemed simple, but my back was stiff, my knees were stuck, and my hands were heavy. I sheepishly asked my driving instructor, Stephen Smith, if he could help. It was embarrassing, but I couldn’t do it on my own.

I was wearing a restrictive suit meant to simulate the bodily effects of aging as I fumbled through a closed driving course at Rentschler Field, practicing parking, navigating orange cones, and making emergency stops.

The suit and the course were part of a Liberty Mutual event on Wednesday marking the release of their “Driver Seat Game,” an online video game designed to simulate the physical and cognitive limitations experienced by many elderly drivers. The game, which went live Tuesday morning, is accessible at

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