OVRDC Participates in Free CARFIT Inspection Event for Senior Drivers

Mobility Managers, who are trained CARFIT technicians, show drivers safety tips and possible adjustments to make driving safer.

OVRDC Participates in Free CARFIT Inspection Event for Senior Drivers

On May 29, 2024, OVRDC and Mobility Managers from Region 6 and Region 7 hosted a CARFIT free-inspection event for senior drivers at the Jackson County Senior Center.

Certified technicians were on hand to educate drivers and recommend improvements that will help drivers make safety adjustments. The CARFIT program is designed to promote road safety and to help senior drivers find out how well they currently fit their personal vehicle, as well as to highlight actions they can take to improve their fit, and to promote conversations about driver safety and community mobility. A proper fit in one’s personal vehicle can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others.

Three quick examples underscore the importance of road safety to the CARFIT program, which reviews twelve key areas of the driver’s fit to their personal vehicle.

  • Example one: Knowing how to properly adjust one’s mirrors can greatly minimize blind spots for drivers who may wish to change lanes.
  • Example two: Good foot positioning on the gas and brake pedals is important. If the driver is reaching with his or her toes to press on the pedals, it can cause fatigue in one’s leg and slowed reaction times.
  • Example three: Drivers run a risk of serious injury if they are sitting closer than 10 inches to the steering wheel.

The next CARFIT session will be held on July 10, 2024, from 10 am – 2 pm at Brown County Fairgrounds. The inspection and educational information are free and senior drivers are encouraged to stop by. The one-on-one session will only take about 20 minutes for each driver.

Back row L-R Amy Skidmore, Gallia Co Mobility Manager, Lissa Warrens, Jackson Co MM, Traci Harris, Pickaway Co MM, Front Tami Kratochvil, Pike Co MM and OVRDC Regional Transit Plan Coordinator Marlana Hopkins

Mobility Management in Southern Ohio

OVRDC is committed to working with Mobility Managers of the region to identify and remove transportation barriers for all residents. Transportation is a critical component to quality of life for communities in the OVRDC Region. Transportation provides access to jobs, education, health care, human services and allows all community members, including older adults and people with disabilities, to live independently and engage in community life.