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Blackfoot CarFit event for older drivers set Oct. 5 by ISU OT program

Posted September 7, 2012

The Idaho State University occupational therapy program will host its annual CarFit event at the Eastern Idaho Fair Grounds in Blackfoot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 5.

The ISU occupational therapy program began hosting CarFit events in 2009, and is now in its fourth year of hosting events.

Drivers who would like to attend this event are encouraged to call 282-2590 for an appointment if possible, but those without appointments are also welcome and will be worked in as quickly as possible.

CarFit is an education program for older drivers to ensure that their car is a proper fit for them in terms of safety and settings. The CarFit program also provides information and materials that will help increase accessibility and safety of transportation through the community.

CarFit-trained volunteer technicians complete a 12-point checklist on individuals within their own vehicles. The checklist includes such items as seat position, seatbelt use, steering wheel position, mirror adjustment, head restraint position and ability to reach and operate vehicle controls. The technicians provide education regarding adjustments that seniors may wish to try in order to improve the safety and comfort of their driving positions.

For more information about the ISU event, contact Ted Peterson, ISU clinical assistant professor of occupational therapy, at 282-4631 or petetheo@isu.edu.

For more information about the CarFit program, visit www.car-fit.org.

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