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.

 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will conduct CarFit check-ups in

When: 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 25

Where: Brownwood Coliseum parking lot

500 East Baker Street, Brownwood

Contact: Courtney Parrott, Family and Community Health Agent 325-646-0386

“As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and even size and height may make us less comfortable and reduce our control behind the wheel,” said Courtney Parrott. “CarFit provides older adults with the tools to understand and apply the safety features of their car.”

 

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

Your participation in the CarFit event is voluntary.

CarFit staff will not make any changes to your personal vehicle. Education will be provided on proper placement for your safety and comfort.

“It is critically important that mature drivers make safety a personal priority,” said Parrott. “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.”

 

Trained technicians teach participants how to make their personal vehicle “fit” them by reviewing 12 key areas such as steering wheel tilt and placement, safe positioning of mirrors, properly adjusted head restraints, and line of sight, etc. Come learn how to use and adjust your safety devices.  This is not a driving test or mechanical inspection.

 

The CarFit event takes about 30 minutes.   Brought to you by the Mature Driver Program (a partnership between Texas Department of Transportation and Baylor Scott & White Healthcare) and Brown County Extension Office. Appointments are recommended.