Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes (center) and Essex County Sheriff’s Department Assistant Superintendent Maurice Pratt (right) help Lucy Fredrickson of the Hamilton Council on the Aging find the right fit in her car on Wednesday, Aug. 24, as part of the CarFit program.
The CarFit program came to Hamilton on Wednesday, helping older drivers find the best fit in their vehicle and talk to them about driver safety.
The educational program was put together by the Essex County Sherriff’s Department and Hamilton Police Department and was conducted at the Hamilton’s Senior Center.
CarFit was created by the American Society on Aging and developed with AAA (American Automobile Association), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association. It is designed to help older drivers find out how well they fit their vehicle, to highlight actions they can take to improve their fit and promote conversations about driver safety and community mobility.
It is designed to review 12 key areas make sure older drivers have a proper fit in their vehicle, which can greatly increase their safety and the safety of others. For example, it can help older drivers know how to properly adjust their mirrors to minimize blind spots, help them come up with the best position for their foot on the gas to reduce fatigue and brake pedal and make sure they are sitting closer than 10 inches from the steering wheel, which helps reduce the risk of serious injury.