Virginia GrandDriver’s Carfit returned to Tappahannock offering its free service, which is designed to ensure seniors are safely and comfortably positioned in their vehicles and those vehicles are fit for the road.
The program is based on a 12-point checklist. Drivers pull up, register then make their way through a course that has several checkpoints. This year, it was set up in Walmart’s parking lot.
Along the way, the Carfit inspectors assessed things such as proper seat, seatbelt and headrest positioning. They measured drivers’ distance from the airbag and checked their line of sight. “As we age, we start shrinking. We’re not as tall as we once were. So we really want to make sure seniors are able to see above that steering wheel,” said Nancy Lo, Virginia GrandDriver coordinator.
Since many seniors suffer from mobility issues, such as arthritis, Mary Leslie, an occupational therapist, was on-site to gauge how well drivers get in out of their vehicle. The Carfit assessment looked at their ability to turn the key and press the gas and brake pedals.
The service also included an examination of certain aspects of their vehicle, such as whether all their lights are functioning, whether their headlights are foggy, and if their tires are in good condition.
In addition to ensuring that things are intact, the other object is to educate drivers so they leave knowing what to do and why they’re doing it, Lo explained.
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