CarFit program aims to improve driving safety and comfort for seniors

BIBLE HILL  – Elderly drivers interested in learning how to better deal with cognitive and physical abilities that change with age are encouraged to participate in a CarFit program on Friday.

“It’s to improve the comfort and safety of seniors in the vehicle that they are driving,” said Becky Langille, a geriatric clinician with the Colchester East Hants Health Authority (CEHHA).

“We go through a 12-pt check list (from adjusting mirrors, to seats, etc),” she said. “We show them how to adjust their steering wheel, we make sure all their safety features are working.”

The CarFit program is designed to give a “quick, yet comprehensive” check on how well older drivers and their vehicles work together.

“It’s about a 20-minute checklist that we go through, or a 20-minute check up, we call it,” Langille said.

As well as trained technicians, an occupational therapist will also be on hand to provide participants with information on how to maintain and strengthen driving health.

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