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Car-“Fit”ing this Saturday (Oct. 25th) for Senior Drivers


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Occupational Therapy Program and Concorde Career College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program invite Memphis seniors to take advantage of a free local CarFit event, scheduled for October 25, 2014, 11AM to 2PM at Clark Tower, 5100 Poplar Avenue, East Parking Lot. [Event details: https://www.car-fit.org/carfit/ViewEvent/4113/]

Recent survey findings show that senior drivers experience comfort and safety-related “fit” challenges with their cars including:

  • Improper distance from steering wheel (59 percent);
  • Inadequate views from side mirrors (32 percent);
  • Improper seat height (28 percent) and improper head restraint height
    (21 percent)

Encouraging news is that after a run through CarFit, a free driver safety program, 97 percent of participants’ issues were resolved.

CarFit, created through a partnership between AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), helps older drivers by assessing the “fit” of their cars for maximum safety and comfort.

CarFit is a 20 to 30 minute discussion, check-up and try-out of some simple changes to the driver’s car. All changes are recommendations only and are easily undone. While a waiver to participate is required, the check-up form only contains the make and model of the car; no information about the driver. The CarFit ends with a walk-around the car and a discussion about small device adaptations or the next steps for safe and comfortable driving.

Available slots are limited and a confirmed reservation is recommended.

For more information about this CarFit event or to reserve a time, please contact my co-host at Concorde Career College, Ms. Nicole Hood – Phone: 901-202-5428. For more information about CarFit visit www.Car-Fit.org

Thank you for your consideration,

Lawrence (Larry) Faulkner, PhD, OT/L, CAPS

Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Univ. of Tennessee Health Science Center

Ph: (901) 448-8393; Email: lfaulkner@uthsc.edu