CarFit

Does your car fit you?

Learn why the proper fit in your vehicle is essential for both your safety and the safety of others on the road. CarFit was developed by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. It’s a community-based program that provides a quick, yet comprehensive 12-point check of how well you and your car work together.

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Does your car fit you?

Learn why the proper fit in your vehicle is essential for both your safety and the safety of others on the road. CarFit was developed by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. It’s a community-based program that provides a quick, yet comprehensive 12-point check of how well you and your car work together.

If you are not the only driver of your car, adjustments will need to be made before every trip to ensure optimum comfort and visibility. Simple adjustments can tailor vehicle settings for each driver.
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Using a seat belt is the single most effective way to prevent death and injury in the event of a crash.

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Find out why proper steering wheel tilt, head restraint placement and proximity to the airbag are vital to keep you safe.

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Learn how the airbag works, where it’s stored, and what happens when it is deployed.

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Do you know the minimum distance above the steering wheel required for a good, safe line of sight?

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Determine if you can easily and efficiently press the gas pedal without reaching.

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Aging can affect your range of motion and strength, making it difficult to pick up your foot and move it between the gas and brake pedals.

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Proper mirror use allows for the side and rear vision that is required for safe driving.

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Many collisions related to merging and lane-changing are the result of a driver’s inability to check the vehicle’s blind spots adequately.

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As you age, you may find that you have difficulty turning the ignition key or pressing the ignition button in today’s newer vehicle models.

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Determine if adaptive devices are appropriate and can aide you in using your vehicle’s controls.

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Learn more about the role of Occupational Therapists and local community resources.

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One of the best ways you can overcome physical challenges that can compromise driving is by ensuring your car is properly adjusted to fit you.

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