AARP Nebraska Media Advisory
What: CarFit Check - Developed by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with AARP, AAA and the American Occupational Therapy Association, CarFit is an educational program designed to help mature drivers find out how well they fit with their vehicles.
The Lincoln session is full but is open to media interested in covering the event.
When: Friday, Sept. 13
9 a.m. - 12 noon
Where: St. Mark's United Methodist Church - Parking Lot
8550 Pioneer Ct. (just off Pioneers Blvd.)
Who: Rose White, AAA Nebraska
Tom Guy, AARP Driver Safety
Andrea Thinnes, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University
Dee Aguilar, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Older drivers who have registered for on-site CarFit checks
The event is hosted by AARP Nebraska and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Why: A proper fit in one's car can greatly increase personal safety and the safety of others who share the roadway. Trained technicians will perform free CarFit checks taking about 20 minutes per vehicle. CarFit includes a 12-point check to ensure that drivers are seated properly in their vehicles and that the driver's seat, seat belt, mirrors, steering wheel, head restraint, gas/brake pedals and other controls are positioned properly. Each CarFit evaluation is done by specially trained volunteers and health professionals such as occupational therapists and driver rehabilitation specialists. To learn more, visit www.carfit.org.
Visuals: Older drivers receiving CarFit evaluations in their vehicles, trained technicians performing CarFit checks, signage.
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