Created on Monday, 13 May 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
The Bellefontaine AAA store, 1790 S. Main St., hosts a CarFit event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15 with the goal of keeping senior drivers comfortable and safe behind the wheel.
Area seniors and their families are invited to attend and no appointments are necessary.
CarFit gives drivers a quick, comprehensive look of how well they “fit” in their vehicles. A trained professional runs each CarFit participant through a 12-point CarFit checklist to check for optimum and safe settings, including line of sight above the steering wheel, proper mirror settings and more.
According to CarFit participant data, the top four “fit” challenges for older drivers include: improper distance from the steering wheel (59 percent); inadequate views from side mirrors (32 percent); improper seat height (28 percent); and improper head restraint height (21 percent).
After running through the CarFit program, 97 percent of these issues are resolved, according to a recent CarFit participant survey.
Senior drivers can find more information on the CarFit program, along with advice and research-based tools, on AAA’s senior mobility Web site, http://seniordriving.aaa.com.