POCATELLO– Does your leg go to sleep when you drive? Any way to minimize those nerve-racking blind spots? What can happen if you sit too close to the steering wheel?
Find answers to these questions and check the fit of your vehicle at the 10th annual CarFit event hosted by Idaho State University’s occupational therapy program, Monday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holt Arena parking lot. The free event focuses on driving safety and comfort for older drivers, but licensed drivers of all ages are welcome, say organizers.
Technicians and health care professionals will conduct a 12-point checklist on personal vehicles, including seat and steering wheel position, seatbelt use, mirror adjustment, head restraint position and ability to reach and operate vehicle controls. They’ll also advise participants on how to make adjustments to ensure comfort and safety.
“As we age, our bodies change and it becomes harder for us to be comfortable when driving. CarFit helps people to learn about all the adjustability that manufacturers build into modern vehicles and how to make those adjustments in driving position that help them to find their perfect fit for safety and comfort,” said Ted Peterson, ISU clinical assistant professor of occupational therapy and CarFit event coordinator.
Organizers encourage motorists to call 282-2590 to make an appointment. If you’re unable to call in advance, drop by the day of the event and technicians will work you in, say organizers.
Students are currently distributing promotional tickets throughout the community for a $100 gift certificate. Bring the ticket to CarFit to enter the drawing, but you don’t need a ticket for admission.
CarFit is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with the American Automobile Association, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. Learn more at www.car-fit.org.