Keeping Seniors in the Driver’s Seat | CarFit appointments available for driver safety check & vehicle inspection

Keeping Seniors in the Driver’s Seat

CarFit appointments available for driver safety check & vehicle inspection

May 31, 2019 Seniors represent the fastest-growing segment of drivers, with current projections suggesting that a quarter of all drivers will be over the age of 65 by 2025. They are the most fragile drivers on the road, resulting in a higher death rate per mile driven than any other group.

To keep senior drivers driving as long as safely possible, AAA and The Owasso Community Center are hosting a CarFit event:

  • Friday, June 7th, at The Owasso Community Center – 301 S. Cedar St. from 10am – 1pm

 

Appointments are required for the free, 20-minute check and can be made by calling (918) 935-9318. CarFit technicians trained by AAA provide a quick, yet comprehensive 12-point check of how well the senior driver’s car “fits” them. Technicians will check

  • steering wheel tilt/position, 
  • distance the driver sits from the steering wheel,
  • line of sight above the steering wheel, 
  • position of the driver to the gas/brake pedal and 
  • help adjust mirror settings to eliminate blind spots.

CarFit also provides valuable information to seniors that have difficulty:

  • Reaching the shoulder harness and buckling/unbuckling the seat belt
  • Getting into and out of a vehicle easily
  • Turning their head to look over their shoulder while changing lanes
  • Sitting comfortably, without knee, back, hip, neck or shoulder stiffness or pain

Senior Driver Statistics

  • Seniors aged 65 and over are more than twice as likely as younger drivers to be killed when involved in a crash.
  • In 2017, more than 8,000 senior drivers (aged 66 or older) were injured in crashes. These crashes also injured 2,200 senior passengers.

For more information, visit SeniorDriving.AAA.com



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