The CarFit program is designed to help older drivers find out how well they currently fit their personal vehicle, highlight actions they can take to improve the fit, and promote conversations about driver safety and community mobility. A proper fit in one’s personal vehicle can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others.
CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. The program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers and/or increase their mobility in the community.
Three quick examples underscore the importance of road safety to the CarFit program, which reviews twelve key areas of the driver’s fit to the personal vehicle.
- Knowing how to properly adjust one’s mirrors can greatly minimize blind spots for drivers who may wish to change lanes.
- Good foot positioning on the gas and brake pedals is important. If the driver is reaching with his or her toes to press on the pedals, it can cause fatigue in one’s leg and slowed reaction times.
- Drivers run a risk of serious injury if they are sitting closer than 10 inches to the steering wheel.
If you’d like to learn more about this program, call us at (607) 754-3414.