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CarFit Event at Shawnee State University helped improve comfort and safety for senior drivers

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November 12

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SSU’s Masters of Occupational Therapy Program hosted a CarFit event on Oct. 30.

SSU MOT students, Megan Litwiller and Dana Hinebaugh, with participant Yvonne Bowman at the CarFit event. Shawnee State University’s Masters of Occupational Therapy Program hosted a CarFit event on Oct. 30 to help improve the comfort and safety of senior drivers.

At the event, SSU MOT students who are trained CarFit volunteers completed a 12-point checklist with each driver that included correct position of the driver’s seat, driver’s ability to easily reach pedals and proper adjustment of mirrors.

CarFit was developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and his/her vehicle work together. It is designed to help the 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day and all senior drivers find a better “fit” with their cars.

Recent surveys show that senior drivers experience safety-related “fit” challenges with their cars. 59% have the improper distance from the steering wheel, 32% have inadequate views from side mirrors, 28% have the improper seat height and 21% have improper head restraint height. However, after completing the checklist at the CarFit event, 97% of the participants’ issues were resolved.

“CarFit was an excellent event for not only the senior drivers of Portsmouth, but the SSU MOT students as well. They were able to get a professional experience by being able to offer education about driving health to the participants,” said Dr. Christine Raber, MOT Professor at SSU. “It was such a tremendous turnout that we plan to host another CarFit event in the spring.”

For more information about CarFit, please visit www.Car-Fit.org.

For more information about the CarFit event or the MOT Program, please contact Dr. Christine Raber at (740) 351-3530 or by e-mail at craber@shawnee.edu.

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