Occupational therapy students, faculty offer CarFit

Photos by Betsy Brzezinski

By Jill Pease

Occupational therapy students and faculty in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions offered education and resources to help drivers “fit” better in their vehicles at CarFit, held September 15 at the Senior Recreation Center.

CarFit is a free educational program that teaches participants how to make their vehicle “fit” them to increase safety and mobility when driving. Trained Doctor of Occupational Therapy students led drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicles and recommended personal vehicle adjustments and adaptations, such as adequate space from the steering wheel, appropriate seat belt use and properly adjusted head restraints. Participants could also receive information on how to maintain and strengthen driving health.

Supporting sponsorship of CarFit, a national program, is provided by the UF department of occupational therapy. National sponsors include AARP, AAA and the American Occupational Therapy Association.