To help older drivers to remain mobile, AAA Hawaii will host a free CarFit® event on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Kaimuki High School. CarFit helps older drivers over 55 learn how the effects of aging can change the way they fit in their vehicle and how their driving can be affected.
AAA Hawaii, AARP and the Occupational Therapy Assoc. of Hawaii, who developed CarFit, are hosting the event. Seniors receive free take-home resources and a goody bag.
The free appointment-only CarFit event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Kaimuki High School, 2705 Kaimuki Ave. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 808-545-6007 or by visiting http://aarp.cvent.com/carfit14
CarFit’s 12-point, 15-minute checklist on the driver and the car includes evaluating:
- Seat-belt adjustment
- Air bag safety
- Proper head restraint adjustment
- Visibility through windows and mirrors
Often, adjusting these components will help seniors drive more comfortably and safely, according to Anita Lorz Villagrana, AAA Hawaii community affairs and traffic safety manager.
“The goals of CarFit are to help mature drivers improve the fit of the vehicles to them for safety and comfort and promote conversations among older drivers and families about safe driving and mobility,” said Lorz Villagrana.