ROAD Kicks Off Summer CarFit Event Schedule

Free Checkups Go Back to the Basics to Help Aging Drivers Be Safer on the Road ~

DENVER – For the last two years, the Reaching Older Adult Drivers (ROAD) program has partnered with a number of organizations in the Denver metro area to provide CarFit®, an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them for greater comfort, control and safety.

The list of partners for the summer spans Adams, Arapahoe and Denver counties, and includes: Cook Park Recreation Center, Aurora Center for Active Adults, AAA Colorado-Southglenn, Thornton Active Adult Center and Heather Gardens.

ROAD, funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation, was formed in response to research indicating that the current and future population of aging road users will drive more and longer than any generation in history. Older drivers are often the safest drivers in that they are more likely to wear their seatbelts, and less likely to speed or drink and drive. However, older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when a crash does occur due to the greater fragility of their aging bodies.

During a CarFit® event, trained technicians work with drivers to make small adjustments to basic things such as proper settings for their side mirrors and seat positioning which can make a big difference in a driver’s comfort level and help protect them and those around them. CarFit® was created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA (American Automobile Association), AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) and the (AOTA) American Occupational Therapy Association.

The 20-minute checkup is free, but registration is preferred. Interested drivers should call 303.991.5740 to make an appointment. See current calendar below:

May 23, 10am-12:30pm: Thornton Active Adult Center, 9471 Dorothy Boulevard, Thornton, 80229
June 20, 9-11am: Cook Park Recreation Center, 7100 Cherry Creek Dr. S, Denver, 80224
June 22, 2-4pm: Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Cir, Aurora, 80011
June 28, 10am-2pm: Heather Gardens, 2888 S Heather Gardens Way, Aurora, 80014
July 10, 10:30-12:30pm: AAA Colorado-Southglenn, 7400 S. University Boulevard, Centennial, 80122
July 18, 9-11am: Cook Park Recreation Center, 7100 Cherry Creek Dr. S, Denver, 80224
Aug. 15, 9-11am: Cook Park Recreation Center, 7100 Cherry Creek Dr. S, Denver, 80224
Sept. 10, 10:30-12:30pm: AAA Colorado-Southglenn, 7400 S. University Boulevard, Centennial, 80122
Sept. 14, 2-4pm: Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Cir, Aurora, 80014