Carfit ready to help older driv­ers im­prove safety and com­fort

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - LYNN CURWIN TRURO NEWS

BI­BLE HILL, N. S. – Some­times a small ad­just­ment can make a big dif­fer­ence to safety and com­fort while driv­ing. A Carfit clinic be­ing held June 7 in Bi­ble Hill will help older driv­ers make those ad­just­ments.

“We find the thing most peo­ple find re­ally help­ful is the ad­just­ment of mir­rors,” said Becky Langille, a geri­atric clin­i­cian with the Nova Sco­tia Health Au­thor­ity. “If they’re ad­justed prop­erly, it re­ally re­duces the blind spot.

“Trained tech­ni­cians go through a 12-point check­list and also help with things like cor­rect po­si­tion­ing of the steer­ing wheel and ad­just­ing the seat for com­fort. We take time to go through the safety fea­tures with peo­ple.”

Some­times peo­ple come in with a car that’s new to them and need help learn­ing about fea­tures.

Carfit has been op­er­at­ing in the area for five years and only one driver ar­rived with a ve­hi­cle that couldn’t be ad­justed to fit.

“She was only tri­al­ing that one, so she said it wasn’t a prob­lem; she’d try a dif­fer­ent one,” said Langille.

Carfit events are geared to­ward peo­ple 65 and older, or peo­ple who need help with ad­just­ments be­cause of a health is­sue. In this area they’re run by the North­ern Zone Se­niors’ Clinic, through a part­ner­ship with the Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­a­pists and the Cana­dian Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion.

The event is free, but ap­point­ments must be made in ad­vance by calling the se­niors’ clinic at 902896-2609. The Carfit event will take place June 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bi­ble Hill Fire Hall.

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