CarFit 

Do you know how well you fit your car?

 

May 1, 2024 | View PDF

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Older drivers are some of the safest drivers on the road. They're more likely to wear seatbelts and less likely to speed or drink while driving. Still, they're more likely to get hurt in a crash.

As we get older, our bodies become weaker and injuries from accidents can be worse. Getting older also changes how well we can see, think, move and react quickly. These changes can make it harder for us to feel comfortable driving our cars safely. Older drivers might need new ways or special tools to make sure they stay safe and comfortable.

CarFit can help solve these challenges

There's a program called CarFit that can help with these challenges. It was created by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. CarFit helps seniors get their cars set up just right so they're more comfortable and safer in case of an accident.

CarFit is free. CarFit staff use a checklist to help drivers adjust their cars' safety features. They might change things like how the seatbelt fits, the angle of the steering wheel, or how easy it is to reach the gas and brake pedals. Drivers can also talk about driving safety without worrying about losing their license. CarFit wants to help older drivers keep driving safely, which is important for staying healthy as we age.

How can you participate in a free 20-minute CarFit check?

Center for Safe Alaskans is hosting CarFit events all summer. Look for them on the Senior Voice's Community Activities calendar at http://www.seniorvoicealaska.com. (Click the "Calendar" tab in the upper right, near the magnifying glass.)

If you live in Anchorage, you can also make an appointment by calling Safe Alaskans at 907-929-3939. Each checkup takes about 20 minutes and is free. CarFit staff will suggest changes to your car and help you find special tools you might need.

For more info about CarFit, call the Center for Safe Alaskans at 907-929-3939, visit http://www.safealaskans.org, or visit the national CarFit website at https://car-fit.org/.

Center for Safe Alaskans is a nonprofit group supported by the Alaska Highway Safety Office. They offer safety programs for all ages, including car seat checks, tips for walking and biking safely, campaigns to help teens drive safely, and CarFit.

Here's a quote from someone who tried CarFit: "You did a Car Fit Appointment with myself and my husband Bruce on winter solstice day; it was a very cold day, yet you persisted in helping us... Everything you taught me was so helpful." –Wendy.

 
 

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