What Exactly Is CarFit?
CarFit is an educational program that provides a quick, yet comprehensive review of how well you and your vehicle work together. The program, which was developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance your driving safety and increase mobility.
Recognizing the Need
The number of older drivers is increasing. The U.S. Census Bureau has determined that by 2030, there will be an estimated 58.9 million people age 65 and older—that’s 1 in 5 people and, in some communities translates to 1 in 4 drivers. Driving today is more difficult than ever, because of increased traffic congestion, longer commute distances, new technology and faster speeds. Research suggests that older drivers are among the safest drivers, because they are more likely to wear seat belts and less likely to speed or drink and drive. However, as people age, they’re more likely to suffer serious injuries or risk death in crashes, due to greater fragility. Personal mobility is critical for healthy aging, but ill-fitting vehicles can make it uncomfortable and unsafe to drive. Today’s vehicles have many safety features that offer enhanced restraint and protection, yet many drivers are unaware of those features or how to best use them. CarFit helps you explore vehicle adjustment and develop strategies to achieve your safest fit.
Does Your Vehicle Fit?
Do you have a clear view out your vehicle’s windows? Can you reach and manage all controls and adjust the seat and seat belt so they are secure yet comfortable? Making adjustments can help you benefit from vehicle safety features by improving comfort, control and confidence behind the wheel.
What Can You Do?
Find out how the fit of your vehicle affects your driving and adjust your vehicle to your changing needs. Doing this could make a lifesaving difference. And take advantage of a CarFit check to see how well you and your vehicle work together. A trained CarFit Technician will ask you several simple questions and complete a 12-point checklist. The entire process takes about 20 minutes, and you leave with recommended car adjustments and adaptations, a list of local resources in your area and greater peace of mind. Please note, CarFit checks are not available in all areas.