CarFit Event to be Offered at Age of Champions on April 22
Mobility experts will be on hand at the 5th annual Age of Champions event on April 22 to help senior drivers find a better “fit” with their cars for comfort and safety. 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.
Staff will conduct the CarFit check-ups in Parking Lot A, across from the Field House on the UNH Durham campus.
“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,” says John Wilcox, Clinical Assistant Professor in the department of Occupational Therapy at UNH. “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 are:
- Correct position of driver’s seat
- Driver’s ability to easily reach pedals
- Proper adjustment of mirrors
Occupational therapists will be on hand also to provide a consultation, if needed, that will teach drivers how to maintain and improve aspects related to their driving health. The therapists can also provide information to participants addressing individual needs, including information about local community resources on exercise, nutrition and other programs to help keep them safe on the road.
“It is critically important that mature drivers make safety a personal priority,” says Wilcox. “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.”
Age of Champions is happening on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Field House on the UNH Durham campus. For more information about the event click here.