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Idaho State University’s annual CarFit event is Sept. 29 at Holt Arena

September 25, 2014
ISU Marketing and Communications

Does your leg go to sleep when you drive? Any way to minimize those nerve-racking blind spots? What can happen if you sit too close to the steering wheel?

Find answers to these questions and check the fit of your vehicle at the sixth annual CarFit event hosted by Idaho State University’s occupational therapy program, Monday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holt Arena parking lot. The free event focuses on driving safety and comfort for older drivers, but licensed drivers of all ages are welcome, say organizers.

Technicians and health care professionals will conduct a 12-point checklist on personal vehicles, including seat and steering wheel position, seatbelt use, mirror adjustment, head restraint position and ability to reach and operate vehicle controls. They’ll also advise participants on how to make adjustments to ensure comfort and safety.

Organizers encourage motorists to call 282-2590 to make an appointment. If you’re unable to call in advance, drop by the day of the event and technicians will work you in, say organizers.

In the coming weeks, students will distribute promotional tickets throughout the community for a $100 gift certificate. Bring the ticket to CarFit to enter the drawing, but you don’t need a ticket for admission.

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

CarFit is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with the American Automobile Association, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. Learn more at www.car-fit.org.


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