• October 23, 2014

Seniors get educated about driving right car

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Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014 4:30 am

The question of the day at the Trading Secrets meeting June 26 was “Are you driving the right vehicle?”

Some of the ideas expressed by the senior citizens in attendance ranged from higher seats for better visibility, good mirror placement, electric doors for safety and security, keyless entry, and dashboards with clearly marked buttons and switches.

“The reason I bought my last vehicle was that the seats were the right height for my legs,” said Joyce Mayer, coordinator of senior activities in Harker Heights.

The on-site expert for the meeting was Debbie Tahiri, mature driver program coordinator at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. She discussed CarFit, an educational program to help drivers find the right vehicle.

The U.S. Census Bureau determined that by the year 2030, there will be an estimated 58.9 million people who are 65 and older. That’s 1 in 5 people, and in some communities that translates to 1 in 4 drivers.

Personal mobility is critical for healthy aging, but ill-fitting vehicles can make it uncomfortable and unsafe to drive.

“CarFit helps drivers to explore vehicle adjustment and develop strategies to achieve the safest fit,” Tahiri said.

CarFit sponsors events where motorists can drive to a location where qualified technicians ask questions and complete a 12-point checklist. The entire process takes about 20 minutes and the driver leaves with recommended car adjustments plus a list of local resources.

For more information about CarFit events, call 254-202-6539 or email Tahiri at dtahiri@sw.org.

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