CarFit is a free car check to see how drivers fit in their car.
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Designed for persons 50 years of age and older, CarFit has trained professionals who take a driver through a 20-minute, 12 point checklist with their vehicle and recommend vehicle adjustments and adaptations that could make your car “fit” better and enhance safety.
For example, where do you place your hands on the steering wheel while you drive? Most older drivers learned to place their hand at ten and two on the steering wheel. Experts today recommend that hands be placed at nine and three on the steering wheel.
Do you know where your emergency flashers are? Many drivers do not—so locate your emergency flashers today for your safety.
Area 4 Agency on Aging sponsors a CarFit event each October as part of Senior Safe Mobility Week in California and in May as part of Older Americans Month. See the linked flyer to find out the date and location of the next Carfit event.
CarFit is a national education program created by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with AAA (American Automobile Association), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. For more information, contact Anne Israel-Connolly at A4AA at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ROAD TO DRIVING WELLNESS
A Workshop for Older Drivers
The Road to Driving Wellness classes offered by Area 4 Agency on Aging focus on teaching a senior how to maintain their health for driving. The class teaches about changes in the body, physiology and vision that occur with aging and things that can be done to compensate for these changes and/or improve a senior's ability to continue to drive.
Most seniors want to continue driving as long as possible. This workshop is designed to help older drivers stay on the road, safely.
Workshop participants will:
- Understand how age affects driving
- Be able to assess your driving abilities
- Learn how to stay well and drive safely
- Know about alternatives and resources
Quick Facts about Driving:
- 131 million vehicles are registered in the United States
- An older driver requires ten times more light to see than a 20 year old does
- It takes a 55 year old driver eight times as long to recover from glare as a 16 year old
- A typical driver makes twenty decisions per mile, with less than half a second to act to avoid a collision
Basic Workshop Agenda:
This interactive program features classroom discussion, activities, light stretching and exercise, and a Car Fit demonstration.
- Specific changes in reaction time, vision and mental sharpness
- Impact of prescription drugs, alcohol and nutrition on driving
- Specific exercises to improve or maintain the range of motion and muscle strength in your neck, trunk and legs
- Strategies to compensate for problems in peripheral vision or impaired night vision
- Hints for choosing the right car for maximum safety and fit
- Specialized safety equipment such as panoramic mirrors or pedal extenders
- Transportation alternatives and local resources
- A one-time workshop geared toward older drivers but helpful for anyone interested in the topic.
- No cost to attend. There is a suggested donation of $5, but it is not required.
- Complements AARP’s Mature Driver Safety Course.
- Driving Wellness does not allow a discount on your automobile insurance.
If you are interested in participating or would like to schedule a workshop for your area, please contact Lori Howton at (916) 486-1876.
IT’S NOT ABOUT AGE … IT’S ABOUT ABILITY !!
The Road to Driving Wellness curriculum was originally developed by the American Society on Aging and distributed by the Older Californian Traffic Safety Task Force. The Area 4 Agency on Aging has modified the program and has added a “Car Fit” component. “Car Fit” is a collaborative effort of the American Society on Aging, AARP, the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Automobile Club.
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