Drive Smart Seniors!

At any age, we need to ask ourselves: Am I a safe driver?

Driving is a privilege which provides independence and empowerment; something we all want to experience forever. We also want to be responsible and safe drivers, protecting ourselves and others on the road.

As we age our ability to sense, decide and act can be affected. Over the last five years DRIVE SMART Seniors program has provided older drivers with tools and resources to help them continue to drive as safely as possible for as long as possible.

CarFit®

One way in which DRIVE SMART addresses this is through CarFit®, a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. This program is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive, assessment of how well older drivers and their vehicles work together. During a 20-minute DRIVE SMART CarFit® with the driver in their personal car, trained technicians complete a 12-point checklist to include assessments of:

  • Correct positioning of the driver’s seat
  • Driver’s ability to easily reach pedals
  • Proper adjustment of mirrors
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CarFit® provides older adults with the tools to understand and apply the safety features of their personal car. DRIVE SMART delivers these tools to seniors throughout the Denver Metro, Boulder, and Mountain Corridor areas.

From a recent letter we received to CarFit volunteers for an event coordinated by DRIVE SMART on May 4, 2018 in Evergreen, Colorado.

. . . I wanted to let you and others know what an important service you are providing for senior drivers. My husband and I are both in our 70s and participated in this program. We were very impressed about all of the things that you checked. Because we have a car that allows us to save our settings individually for each of us, we now know that our mirrors, our seats, etc. are set correctly for safe driving. What an important service you are providing by offering this to seniors.

Thank you very much.

Betty

Safety on the Road

DRIVE SMART Seniors program provides older drivers with tools and resources to help them continue to drive as safely as possible for as long as possible. As uncomfortable as it may be to consider, there will come a time for all drivers when it is no longer safe to drive.  With early planning and education senior drivers may actually extend their time on the road.

DRIVE SMART Seniors introduces the Safety on the Road seminar created with mature drivers in mind.  This 45-minute seminar will provide information to senior drivers, their families and their caregivers on topics such as defensive driving and Colorado motor vehicle laws, as well as updates on rules of the road and the effects that medication, fatigue, alcohol, visual or auditory limitations may have on a person’s driving ability.  In addition, strategies to help plan for ‘driving retirement’ will be discussed and shared amongst the attendees.  This important exchange will be followed up with a conversation of driving alternatives and options which will continue to allow for ‘retired drivers’ to enjoy an independent, healthy and safe lifestyle.

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Join us for a complimentary CarFit® check between 9:00am to 12:00pm at any of the following Seniors Resource Centers locations!

  • 10181 B West Bowles Avenue in Littleton the 2nd Friday of every month Map
  • 3227 Chase Street in Wheat Ridge on the 2nd Saturday of the month Map
  • 5120 Highway 73, Evergreen, CO 80439 on the 1st Friday of the month Map

Appointments can be made by contacting admin@drive-smart.org or calling 303.674.9683

 

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Colorado Gives

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Programs

DRIVE SMART Teens!

DRIVE SMART Volunteers!

Driver Education Scholarships

 


Resource Links

AAA Road Wise Driver – roadwiserx.com

AAA Senior Driving – seniordriving.aaa.com

AARP Driver Safety – www.aarp.org

Clearinghouse for Older Road User Safety – roadsafeseniors.org

Denver Regional Mobility & Access Council (DRMAC) – drmac-co.org

DriveSafe Driving School – drivesafecolorado.com

Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging – colorado.gov/agingstrategy