Experienced Driver Safety

ExpDriverAt any age, we need to ask ourselves this question:

Am I a safe driver?

Most of us want to make a responsible choice to protect ourselves and others when we drive, however age can affect our ability to sense, decide and act.
In addition, driving is a complex, fast-paced activity. A typical driver makes 20 decisions per mile, with less than half a second of reaction time to avoid a collision.

 


 

HOW WE CAN HELP

 

“As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and even size and height may make us less comfortable and change our control behind the wheel,” said Elizabeth Kelly, DRIVE SMART’s Experienced Driver Program Coordinator. “CarFit® provides older adults with the tools to understand and apply the safety features of their car.”

CarFIt logoCarFit® is national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive assessment of how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.

At a CarFit® event, trained volunteers complete a 12-point checklist with each driver. Among the items checked:
· Correct position of driver’s seat
· Driver’s ability to easily reach pedals
· Proper adjustment of mirrors

DRIVE SMART conducts complimentary CarFit® checks from 9:00 am to 12:00pm at the Senior Resource Center located at 10181 B West Bowles Avenue in Littleton the 2nd Friday of every month. Checks are also conducted at the Senior Resource Center located at 3227 Chase Street in Wheatridge on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Appointments can be made by contacting experienceddriver@drive-smart.org or calling 303.674.9683. Drop ins are also welcome.

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Occupational therapists are also on hand to help drivers learn how to maintain and improve their fit. “It is critically important that mature drivers make safety behind the wheel a personal priority,” said Amy Nichols, Executive Director of DRIVE SMART. “Driving today has become increasingly difficult due to increased traffic congestion, longer commute distances, new technology and faster speeds. Older drivers can take important measures to mitigate these difficulties and stress associated with driving.”

For More Information on DRIVE SMART’s Experienced Driver Program Contact: Elizabeth Kelly experienceddriver@drive-smart.org or 303-674-9683

CarFit® website www.car-fit.org


Resource Links

AAA Senior Driving – seniordriving.aaa.com

AARP Driver Safety – www.aarp.org

AAA Roadwiser – roadwiserx.com

DriveSafe Driving School – drivesafecolorado.com

Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council
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Older Driver Planning Agreement – seniordriving.aaa.com

Colorado Resource Guide for Older Drivers – Older-Driver-Booklet-PRINT-2016-rv1.pdf

Denver Regional Mobility & Access Council