Help Seniors Improve Driving Safety with the New CarFit Program

October 3, 2019

CarFit is a community-based safety program developedby AARP, AAA and AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association). Theseorganizations worked together with a common goal to help seniors remain activein their communities by driving longer.

CarFit events are free and available in many Marylandcommunities. Occupational therapists volunteer their time and skills at theseevents to use a 12-point checklist they developed that ensures each driver’scar is properly adjusted and that all the safety features work properly and thesenior driver understands these features.

For example, the volunteer will check some of thefollowing items:

-Head restraints are adjusted to the optimal heightfor the senior driver.

-Sufficient space (at least 10 inches) between the chestand the airbag.

-Leg room is adequate to reach the pedals.

-Mirrors are adjusted to prevent blind spots.

-Seat belt is working properly and fitted to thesenior driver.

-Safety features such as hazard lights, turn signals,parking brake, and windshield wipers are all in proper working order.

These sessions are free, confidential and only takeabout half an hour. There are upcoming events in Kensington, Silver Spring andBaltimore. Learn more here. https://www.car-fit.org/carfit/RegisterCarFit/MD

The Elder Law attorneys with Stouffer Legal in the Greater Baltimore area care about helping seniors stay independent longer. CarFit is one way to accomplish this. Contact us at 443-470-3599 for more information on Elder Law planning issues.

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