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Daytona State Students To Help Older Drivers Ensure Their Cars ‘Fit’ Their Needs

By on February 22, 2018 in WNDB News

Daytona Beach, FL – Students from the Daytona State College (DSC) Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program will team up to help older drivers determine how their personal cars “fit” them.

The “CarFit” event will take place Wednesday, February 28 from 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church located at 600 Nova Rd. in Ormond Beach. The program identifies actions drivers can take to improve their car’s “fit,” and the program promotes conversations about driver safety and community mobility, according to a news release from DSC.

“Students will lead older drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle,” OTA Academic Clinical Coordinator Shirish Lala says. “It’s a great opportunity for our students to work in the community, and each assessment concludes with recommendations for car adjustments and adaptations that could make the individual’s cars fit better or enhance their safety.”

The “CarFit” program was created by a collaboration with AAA, AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association. The “CarFit” check takes about 20 minutes to complete and is designed to help older drivers find out how well they fit their personal vehicle.

The program’s website says that older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when a crash occurs due to the greater fragility of their bodies. Older drivers can greatly improve their safety by ensuring their cars are properly adjusted for them.

To register for the event or for more information, call (386) 506-3850 or visit car-fit.org/carfit.

Photo courtesy DSC.

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2018.

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