Iowa – May 9, 2013 – To promote safe senior driving, the Iowa Department of
Transportation, in coordination with the American Association of Retired
Persons (AARP), will host a CarFit event in conjunction with the Polk County
Senior Fest and Health Fair. CarFit activities will be conducted in the parking
lot of the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Wednesday,
May 15, from 9 a.m. to noon.
CarFit is a national educational program
created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with
the American Automobile Association, AARP and American Occupational Therapy
Health professionals and trained volunteers will review 12 key areas with older drivers to ensure they "fit" their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety. A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
CarFit also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that enhance driver safety and mobility.
Some of the discussion points during a CarFit event include:
Having a car that “fits” the older driver is important. While older drivers are often considered safer drivers because they're more likely to wear seat belts and less likely to speed or drink and drive, they are more likely to be seriously injured in a crash because their bodies are more fragile. Older drivers can improve their safety by ensuring their cars are properly adjusted for them. A proper fit in one's car can greatly increase not only the driver's safety, but also the safety of others.
Senior drivers are encouraged to set up an appointment for the May 15 event by calling Theresa Kern at 515-237-3253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Editor’s note: Media will be able to interview mobility experts, older drivers and shoot footage of this event.)