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CarFit program coming to Madison to improve older drivers’ safety and comfort

April 26, 2013

To help ensure that older drivers can operate their vehicles safely and comfortably, the CarFit program is offering area senior citizens a free opportunity to check how their cars fit them on Monday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Madison College West Campus, 302 S. Gammon Road (corner of Gammon and Mineral Point Road).

An appointment is required. To make an appointment, contact Darcie Olson at (608) 258-2313 or dlolson@madisoncollege.edu.

The CarFit program uses a trained team, including occupational therapists, to complete a 12-point vehicle-driver checklist that includes:

  • Creating a clear line of sight over the steering wheel.
  • Ensuring adequate space between the front airbag/steering wheel and the driver’s chest.
  • Adjusting head restraints for improved safety.
  • Examining foot positioning on gas and brake pedals.
  • Checking safety belts for proper fit.
  • Adjusting all mirrors to reduce blind spots.

"As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and even our height may reduce our control of a vehicle and our comfort while driving," says Darcie Olson, instructor for the Madison College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. "CarFit helps older drivers make adjustments to their vehicles that will improve their overall personal mobility as well as their safety and comfort."

The CarFit program in Madison is sponsored by AARP, AAA Wisconsin, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

For more information, contact:
Darcie Olson, Madison College
(608) 258-2313, dlolson@madisoncollege.edu

 

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