Does your car fit your age?

Drivers should be aware of age-related changes that can affect their ability to stay safe behind the wheel – including general fitness, strength, flexibility and vision. Adjusting your vehicle to your changing needs can also enhance safety and comfort.

That’s the idea behind a free event called CarFit at Ho‘okele Elementary School, 511 Kunehi St., on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Sponsored by AARP Hawaii, AAA and the Hawaii Occupational Therapy Association, Carfit helps older drivers find out how well their vehicles “fit” them, demonstrates ways to improve comfort and safety, and promotes conversations about driver safety.

It takes about 20 minutes to complete the CarFit checklist with a trained occupational therapist. The event is free and open to the public. You don’t have to be an AARP member.  Register online or by phone to set up a CarFit appointment at https://aarp.cvent.com/Carfit10-7  or by calling 1-877-926-8300.

The CarFit checklist includes the following and more:

  • Ensuring clear line of sight over the steering wheel – at least three inches above the wheel
  • Allowing plenty of room between driver’s chest and the front airbag and steering wheel
  • Adjusting the seat for maximum comfort
  • Adjusting head restraints
  • Ensuring easy access to gas and brake pedals
  • Adjusting the seat belt properly
  • Positioning side and rearview mirrors

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