FYAC to host program on senior driving

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People 50 and over should make plans to attend an upcoming educational program at Forever Young Activity Center in Quitman on April 19. The subject will be CarFit, a Mature Driver Program.

CarFit is a community-based educational program that promotes continued safe driving and mobility among older drivers by focusing attention on safety, comfort, and fit. It was created in 2006 in collaboration with American Automobile Association (AAA), AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and is a tool to help seniors drive safely, longer.

The program offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. There are 12 key areas that are addressed, including properly adjusting mirrors, allowing 10” between driver and steering wheel, and good foot positioning.

When CarFit was pilot tested in 2005, the program appeared to be highly effective on multiple fronts:

• 10% were seated too close to the steering wheel.

• Approximately 20% did not have a line of sight at least 3” over the steering wheel.

• As a result of having gone through a CarFit event, participants made a change to improve the fit of their vehicle, their use of safety features in their vehicle, and their willingness to discuss their driving with family and/or health care providers.

• 37% of test participants had at least one critical safety issue needing to be addressed.

So mark your calendar for Friday, April 19, 12:30 p.m. at FYAC, 404 S. Main Street in Quitman, to learn more about the program. It’s a win-win situation any way you look at it.

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