To help the 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day and all senior drivers find a better “fit” with their cars for comfort and safety, mobility experts are hosting a safety program designed to help older drivers and their families. CarFit is national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.
The Dalton Police Department will conduct CarFit check-ups in Dalton on May 26, at the Memorial Day Celebration Downtown
At a CarFit event, trained volunteers complete a 12-point checklist with each driver.
Among the items checked:
• Correct position of driver’s seat
• Driver’s ability to easily reach pedals
• Proper adjustment of mirrors
Older drivers can also check with their local AAA club or AARP office to take a driver safety refresher course for older road users or look into occupational therapy driving evaluation programs for individualized assessments and recommendations. CarFit represents an extension of those classroom programs, and an opportunity for older drivers to make sure their personal vehicles are adjusted to their needs.