CarFit event helps seniors drive safer, find out how to make their vehicles better fit their needs

Published on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 11:47 - Written by AUGUSTA ROBINSON, augustarobinson@tylerpaper.com

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Thirteen East Texas senior citizens are now driving a little more comfortably.

In August, the Texas Department of Transportation partnered with the Mature Driver Program and Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest to perform a CarFit check-up in Tyler.

The event allowed seniors the chance to see how their vehicles could better fit their needs.

“As people mature and they age, their bodies don’t work the same way as when they were younger,” said Heather Singleton, traffic safety specialist for TxDOT’s Tyler district. “Eyesight and hearing might not work as well as (they once did)-as well as reflexes.

“We just wanted to make sure that anyone with any questions felt safe and comfortable driving away,” she added.

At the event, vehicles were examined based on a 12-point checklist. Items that were checked included if the driver’s seat was in the correct position, how easily the driver could reach the pedals and use the mirrors and how well the safety belt fit each driver.

Other checklist items reviewed checked the function of each vehicle’s brake lights, headlights and more.

Participants were also provided with information and resources that could help them find out where they could go to get the things they needed to help them fit their vehicles.

Singleton said she hopes to help make the CarFit event a quarterly occurrence in East Texas - adding that the safety of each of event’s participants was of the upmost importance its organizers.

“We hope that they were able to actually understand the reason why the things we talked about were so important and that they are more comfortable in their vehicles and they are more comfortable driving,” she said. “Safety is obviously number one, as well.”

Closer Look: Those who have questions about the CarFit event, or want to know how to better their vehicle to their needs, can call Heather Singleton, traffic safety specialist for TxDOT’s Tyler district, at 903-510-9225.

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