PARIS – Senior drivers in Northeast Texas can have a trained TxDOT specialist check their automobiles for comfort, safety and mobility to help improve their daily driving experiences.
Seniors in Lamar and surrounding counties can get their cars checked from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at 1128 Clarksville Street, Suite 300, in Paris, said Monica Yates, TxDOT traffic safety specialist and certified CarFit technician.
These checks are part of the national CarFit program developed by the American Automobile Association (AAA), American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the American Occupational Therapy Association. They are designed to provide a quick, comprehensive check on how a mature driver and their vehicle work together.
“CarFit is now part of our safety program,” Yates said. “As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility and strength, range of motion, and even our size and height can make us less comfortable and capable behind the wheel. A free CarFit check helps the driver understand and use the safety features of their vehicle.
“We complete a 12-point checklist with drivers. Some of the things we check are the correct position of the driver’s seat, the driver’s ability to easily reach the pedals, and how to properly adjust and set the mirrors.”
Yates and other technicians have also scheduled outreach events in October, to share the CarFit program with those who work with seniors. Those education events are slated the week of Oct. 22-26 at several locations in TxDOT’s nine-county Paris District.
For more information, contact Yates at (903) 737-9292 or email [email protected] .
Senior drivers can also check their local AAA club or AARP office to take driver safety refresher courses or look into occupational therapy driving evaluation programs that provide individual driving assessments. CarFit is an extension of these classroom programs that helps mature drivers ensure their personal vehicles are adjusted to their needs.