Many older drivers have difficulty fitting into their own cars well. Whether it is adjusting mirrors in order to see the blind spot, positioning seats to be far enough away from the steering wheel yet with enough room to reach the gas pedal, or getting the seat belt to fit comfortably, there are many adjustments that can be made to find the safest fit. CarFit was developed to meet this need.
On Saturday, October 27th at the Enfield Senior Center, trained volunteers will lead drivers through a 12 point checklist with their vehicle, recommend personal vehicle adjustments and adaptations, and offer community specific resources and activities that could make their personal vehicles “fit” better or enhance their safety. Occupational therapists will also be on hand to provide information to older drivers on how to maintain and strengthen driving health.
This event, which is open to all area seniors, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the senior center, which is located at 299 Elm Street in Enfield. While drive-ins will be accepted the day of the event, those interested in going through the CarFit program are urged to make an appointment by calling 860-249-1245.
This free safety program is being offered through a collaboration of AAA, the Injury Prevention Center of Hartford Hospital/CT Children’s Medical Center, AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association, in cooperation with the Enfield Senior Center.