Of all the thousands of participants across the country, the CarFit program recently celebrated its 50,000th driver in the state of Florida. This program helps aging drivers improve the “fit” of their vehicle for their safety and comfort, promote conversations among older adults and families about driving safety, and link adults with relevant local resources that can help them drive safer longer.
Florida is a leader in the nation for the number of CarFit events held. The community-based safety program for seniors was developed by AARP, AAA, and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and is coordinated through FDOT’s Safe Mobility for Life Coalition.
CarFit “checkups” include 12 items reviewed by trained volunteers including:
- Clear line of sight over the steering wheel
- Adequate distance from the front airbag
- Proper positioning of seat, usage of foot pedals and all mirrors
- Proper safety belt use and fit
For more information, go to www.flsams.org