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CarFit event helps improve comfort, safety

Knute Nelson will conduct CarFit check-ups on Thursday, October 17 at Grand Arbor, 4403 Pioneer Road, Alexandria.

CarFit is a national program designed to give a quick yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together. It was developed by American Automobile Association (AAA), American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

“As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and even size and height may make us less comfortable and reduce our control behind the wheel,” said Carli Lindemann. “CarFit provides older adults with the tools to understand and apply the safety features of their car.”

At a CarFit event, trained volunteers complete a 12-point checklist with each driver. Among the items checked are:

• Correct position of driver’s seat.

• Driver’s ability to reach pedals.

• Proper adjustment of mirrors.

Occupational therapists will be on hand to provide a consultation, if needed, to teach drivers how to maintain and improve aspects of their driving health.

The therapist can also provide information to participants addressing individual needs, including information about local community resources on exercise, nutrition and other programs to help keep them safe on the road.

Older drivers can also check with their local AAA club or AARP office to take a driver safety refresher course or look into occupational therapy driving evaluation programs for individualized assessments and recommendations.

For more information, call (320) 762-3047.