Contact: Tim McAlavy
Phone: (903) 737-9213
Date: April 1, 2019
PARIS – Mature drivers in Northeast Texas can have a trained TxDOT specialist check their automobiles for comfort, safety and mobility to help improve their daily driving experiences at four locations during the month of April.
A CarFit checkup will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. April 9 at the Texas Travel Information Center north of Denison in Grayson County.
On April 10, there are two opportunities for drivers: from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the Quinlan Area Senior Center (101 West Kirby Avenue) in Quinlan in Hunt County; and from 2 to 2:30 p.m. at the Texas Agrilife office in Emory in Rains County.
An April 11 checkup is set for 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Sulphur Springs Senior Center (150 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive) in Sulphur Springs in Hopkins County.
CarFit checkups are designed to provide a quick, comprehensive check on how a mature driver and their vehicle work together, said Monica Yates, TxDOT traffic safety specialist and certified CarFit technician.
These checks are part of the national CarFit program developed by the American Automobile Association (AAA), American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and the American Occupational Therapy Association.
“CarFit is part of our safety program,” Yates said. “As we age, changes in our vision, flexibility and strength, range of motion, and even our size and height can make us less comfortable and capable behind the wheel. A free CarFit check helps the driver understand and use the safety features of their vehicle.
“We complete a 12-point checklist with drivers. Some of the things we check are the correct position of the driver’s seat, the driver’s ability to easily reach the pedals, and how to properly adjust and set the mirrors.”
For more information, contact Yates at (903) 737-9292.
Senior drivers can also check their local AAA club or AARP office to take driver safety refresher courses or look into occupational therapy driving evaluation programs that provide individual driving assessments. CarFit is an extension of these classroom programs that helps mature drivers ensure their personal vehicles are adjusted to their needs.
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