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.
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