(Marietta, Ga. – Sept. 29, 2016)
Chattahoochee Technical College students will help area drivers to become CarFit on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the parking lot adjacent to the F building,at the college’s Marietta Campus, located at 980 South Cobb Dr. in Marietta.
“The CarFit Check Event, sponsored by the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Chattahoochee Technical College, benefits mature drivers by checking their personal vehicle to see how well it ‘fits’ the driver,” OTA Fieldwork Coordinator and instructor Amy Shaffer said. “These participants, in turn, help the OTA students apply concepts from the classroom in real-life situations – it is a win-win. Students have an opportunity to give back to the community and participants are provided with information to enable them to continue driving safely for as long as possible.”
CarFit is a national program developed by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. Through CarFit, the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Group is helping Georgia seniors find out how the effects of aging change the way they fit in their vehicle and how that can affect their driving. CarFit is designed to give seniors a quick, comprehensive check on how well their vehicle suits their abilities. While the program is geared toward senior drivers, the program is offered to any driver at no charge.
“As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and even size may make us less comfortable and reduce our control behind the wheel,” GTIPI Director Frankie Jones said. “CarFit provides older adults with the tools to understand and apply the safety features of their car.”
Prior to the event, students in the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program will become certified technicians for CarFit. At the event, students complete a 12-point checklist with each driver. Items checked include correct position of the driver’s seat, the driver’s ability to easily reach pedals and proper mirror adjustment. The students will be on hand to provide a consultation, if needed, which will teach drivers how to maintain and improve aspects related to their driving health. Students 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.
During the event, drivers also will be provided with information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety and/or increase their mobility in the community. Occupational Therapy practitioners assist in events at the check-out station by providing information about possible adaptive equipment or how to obtain further driving evaluation if needed.
Registration is not required, but appointments can be made by calling Shaffer, 770-529-2447, or by visiting www.car-fit.org.