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Car Advice for Older Drivers

I often talk with older drivers who want to stay mobile and who pay attention to their driving skills, so I'd like to pass along this advisory about a free clinic on Wednesday in Fairfax County sponsored by AAA and its Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education.

In the program, called CarFit, an older driver can spend about 15 minutes going through a check-list with a trained staffer that evaluates whether the driver is sitting properly in his or her vehicle and whether the driver's seat, seat belt, mirrors, steering wheel, head rest, gas/brake pedals and other controls are positioned properly. Also, says AAA, the Wednesday event includes a winter car care evaluation in which AAA-approved specialists offer maintenance inspections, test car batteries and check tire pressure.

The clinic is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, and seniors have to have appointments, which they can make by calling 703-222-4112. The event will be held in the parking lot across from AAA's Retail Office, 4100 Monument Corner Drive. Here's a link to a Google map of that location.

AAA says the CarFit program was created by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with AAA Mid-Atlantic, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

With less daylight and winter driving conditions coming on, this is a timely event, and I hope it proves helpful.
We'll revisit the winter driving issue in an upcoming blog entry, and I'll be asking you for local safety tips based on your own experience.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 23, 2007; 1:15 PM ET
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We're very lucky to live in an area where there is extensive public transportation (even if it has its problems, which it definitely does). Senior citizens can stay independent and get where they want to go even if they no longer drive, through taking public transportation.

I think about this a lot. My grandfather lives in Michigan and it's very car-centric there. He had to stop driving b/c of macular degeneration, and so it's complicated whenever he wants to go anywhere.

Posted by: PQ | October 23, 2007 8:40 PM | Report abuse

They should all move to Florida and stop inflating the cost of housing for those of us who have to work here.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 24, 2007 8:55 AM | Report abuse

It almost sounds like the AAA program is designed to give older drivers a false sense of security. The issue with older drivers is not that their controls are positioned improperly, it's that over time everyone's senses and reflexes dull. They should be testing vision, hearing, reflexes and mental agility and giving people an honest assessment of their suitability for piloting a vehicle.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 24, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

The average reaction time for a person is .2 to .25 seconds, if it takes someone three seconds to realize the light has turned green, they need to get off the road. Half a second is usually barely enough time to avoid an accident when you're traveling at 95.33 ft/sec (65mph).

Posted by: Anonymous | October 24, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

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