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Free event helps aging drivers be safer on the road

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An educational program that offers older adults the chance to check how well their personal vehicles fit them for greater comfort, control and safety is again offered in Centennial.

The Reaching Older Adults Program will conduct its free CarFit program from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 19, April 10, July 10 and Sept. 10 at the AAA Colorado Southglenn, 7400 S. University Blvd., Centennial.

ROAD is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation. It was formed in response to research indicating that the population of aging road users will drive more and longer than any generation in history.

Older drivers are often the safest drivers in that they are more likely to wear their seatbelts, and less likely to speed or drink and drive. However, older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when a crash does occur due to the greater fragility of their aging bodies.

During the CarFit event, trained technicians work with drivers to make small adjustments to things such as proper settings for their side mirrors and seat positioning, which can make a difference in a driver's comfort level and help protect them and those around them. 

CarFit is an educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

The 20-minute checkup is free, but registration is preferred for CarFit. Interested drivers should call 303-991-5740 to make an appointment.

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