A-B Tech Hosted Free CarFit Checkup for Older Drivers
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program sponsored a free CarFit checkup two days in October in the college parking lot across from the Simpson Building on Victoria Road.
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. It also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community.
“It is critically important that mature drivers make safety a personal priority,” said Jane Blount, Occupational Therapy Assistant Chair at A-B Tech. “Driving today is more difficult than ever because of increased traffic congestion, longer commute distances, new technology and faster speeds. Older drivers can take important measures to mitigate the stress associated with driving.”
At a CarFit event, trained volunteers completed 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