What is CarFit?
CarFit is an educational program developed by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with the American Automotive Association (AAA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and AARP Driver Safety that provides older adults the opportunity to look at how their vehicles “fit” to them. The program is community based and provides a quick 12-point check on how well you and your vehicle fit together. The process typically is completed in about 20 minutes. The following are some of the key points that the program checks:
- Your position to gas pedal and brake
- Steering wheel tilt, position of airbag and head restraint
- Line of sight including proper mirror adjustments
Why is having an adjusted vehicle important?
The program is designed to improve a driver’s safety by ensuring their car is adjusted for them. Although older drivers are more likely to wear their seatbelts and not drink and drive, older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident. Older drivers’ bodies are more fragile which increases their risk for serious injury and death (Source: NHTSA).
How can you find a CarFit event in your community and is there a cost?
CarFit events are FREE! CarFit events are held nationwide and you can “Find an Event” online at www.car-fit.org. Most events are held at local churches, senior centers, hospitals and outreach centers.
CarFit is also designed to help improve a driver’s awareness of community resources for driving and promote conversations regarding safe driving behavior. During the event, participants are provided with resources including additional ways to access their community and information about how to locate a local Driver Rehab Specialist to help assess a person’s needs further.
American Automotive Association (AAA): https://seniordriving.aaa.com/maintain-mobility-independence/car-buying-maintenance-assistive-accessories/carfit/
CarFit: Helping Mature Drivers Find Their Safest Fit: www.car-fit.org
CarFit AOTA: https://www.aota.org/practice/practice-settings/driving-community-mobility/driving-practitioner-directory
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812199