Published on June 30, 2015

Genesis Hosts CarFit® Education Events

 

Genesis will offer four CarFit® events for older drivers in July and August.

CarFit® is a national educational program offering older adults the opportunity to evaluate how well their personal vehicles "fit" them.  Health professionals work with older drivers and review 12 key areas to ensure they "fit" their vehicle properly for maximum safety.  A CarFit® check takes
approximately 20 minutes to complete.

CarFit® is not a driving test or driving evaluation.

The CarFit® events schedule includes:

July 17 – Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, 801 Illini Drive, Silvis, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

July 24 – Arnold’s Automotive, 2500 52nd Ave., Moline, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

August 6 – Church of the Open Door, 816 13th Ave. North, Clinton, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

August 21 – Genesis Medical Center, 1227 East Rusholme Street, Davenport 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Older drivers are statistically among the safest drivers because they're more likely to wear their seatbelts and less likely to speed or drink and drive. However, they are also more likely to be seriously injured in a crash because their bodies are more fragile.

"Older drivers can improve their safety by ensuring their cars are properly
adjusted for them," explained Gretchen Cluff, an occupational therapist at Genesis and a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist.  "A proper fit in their car can greatly increase not only the driver's safety but also the safety of others.

"Once seniors arrive for their check, they will be asked basic information and then we will evaluate how they fit in their car. For example, are they sitting too close to the airbag?  Are their mirrors adjusted appropriately to maximize their view?  Is their seat in the best position to reach the brake and gas pedals?

"We can only make recommendations.  We can, however, provide the senior drivers with important information that could increase their driving safety."

Three examples underscore the importance of road safety to the CarFit® program:

• Knowing how to properly adjust one's mirrors can greatly minimize blind spots for drivers when changing lanes.

• Good foot positioning on the gas and brake pedals is important. Drivers who reach with their toes to press on the pedals can cause fatigue in their legs and slow reaction time.

• Drivers run a risk of serious injury if they are sitting closer than 10 inches from the steering wheel.

CarFit® events have shown that more than one-third of seniors had at least one critical safety issue.  One in 10 sat too close to the steering wheel, and 20 percent did not have a line of sight at least 3 inches over the steering wheel.

To reserve a time for an evaluation at the CarFit® event on Friday, call (563) 421-1480.

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