CarFit offers tips on vehicle visability

The Daily Times staff
Farmington street

FARMINGTON — The San Juan College Occupational Therapy Program will host the CarFit program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 in parking lot C of the main campus, 4601 College Blvd.

CarFit is a national program created by the American Society of Aging in collaboration with the American Automobile Association, American Association of Retired People and the American Occupational Therapy Association, according to a press release from the college.

It is designed to help drivers determine how well they “fit” their cars and to give them information about how they can improve their fit. The fit is determined by the driver’s visibility and is important because the way drivers fit their vehicles can increase both their safety and the safety of others, according to the press release.

While CarFit is traditionally geared toward older drivers, anyone can attend. People can reserve an appointment by calling 505-566-3849. Walk-ins are also welcome during the event.

A CarFit session takes approximately 15 minutes. With help from occupational therapy students, participants will first review a checklist. After that, faculty who are CarFit certified technicians will meet with participants to analyze driving positions and offer suggestions.

The majority of the recommendations tend to be small changes, such as adjusting cushions, seats, mirrors and car accessories. If the technicians recommend parts, like key-bars or seat pivots, they can also direct drivers to where they can purchase the items.