Trained students offer CarFit program to local drivers

carfit 2The Department of Occupational Therapy and students from the Masters in Occupational Therapy Program offer CarFit, a free national program, each fall. CarFit is designed to help mature drivers fit more comfortably and safely in their vehicles.

Trained occupational therapy students lead drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicles, recommend personal vehicle adjustments and adaptations, and offer community resources and activities that could make personal vehicles “fit” better or enhance drivers’ safety. An occupational therapy faculty member is on hand to assist the students in providing elders with information about how to maintain and strengthen driving health.

carfit 3Supporting sponsorship of CarFit is provided by the UF Department of Occupational Therapy in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. National sponsors include the American Society on Aging, AAA, AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association.