CarFit course checkup

Occupational therapy students inspect vehicles at a previous CarFit event at Idaho State.

POCATELLO — Ever get in your vehicle and things just don’t feel right? There’s a nagging blind spot to your left. The steering wheel always seems too high. Your foot goes to sleep on longer drives.

Idaho State University’s occupational therapy students can help remedy the situation at the 11th annual CarFit event Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the northeast corner of the Holt Arena parking lot. CarFit is free and 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.

“As we age, our bodies change and it becomes harder for us to be comfortable when driving. CarFit helps people to learn about all the adjustability that manufacturers build into modern vehicles and how to make those adjustments in driving position that help them to find their perfect fit for safety and comfort,” said Ted Peterson, ISU clinical assistant professor of occupational therapy and CarFit event coordinator.

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.

All attendees will be entered into a drawing for prizes, such as a $100 gift certificate or a one-year basic membership to the American Automobile Association.

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.