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ROAD kicks off summer CarFit schedule

Free checkups go back to the basics to help aging drivers

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An educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles fit them returns again this summer.

CarFit events bring trained technicians to work with drivers to make small adjustments to basic things such as proper settings for their side mirrors and seat positioning. These adjustments can make a big difference in a driver’s comfort and help them project them and those around them.

CarFit is offered by Reaching Older Adult Drivers (ROAD) and a number of partners in the Denver metro area. It was created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

The 20-minute checkups are free, and registration is preferred. CarFit appointments are offered:

May 23, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thornton Active Adult Center, 9471 Dorothy Blvd., Thornton;

June 20, 9-11 a.m., Cook Park Recreation Center, 7100 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver;

June 22, 2-4 p.m., Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle, Aurora;

June 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Heather Gardens, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way, Aurora;

July 10, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., AAA Colorado-Southglenn, 7400 S. University Blvd., Centennial;

July 18, 9-11 a.m., Cook Park Recreation Center, 7100 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver;

Aug. 15, 9-11 a.m., Cook Park Recreation Center, 7100 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver;

Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., AAA Colorado-Southglenn, 7400 S. University Blvd., Centennial;

Sept. 14, 2-4 p.m. Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle, Aurora.

ROAD was formed in response to research indicating that aging drivers will drive more and longer than any generation in history, according to a news release. It is funded by the National Highway Safety Administration and administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Older drivers are often the safest drivers in that they are more likely to wear seat belts and less likely to speed or drive while intoxicate, the release says. However, older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when a crash does occur because of the greater fragility of their aging bodies.

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