As a long-time safety advocate for motorists of all ages, CAA Saskatchewan is proud to host CarFit clinics in partnership with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and support from Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists.
CarFit – Learn how to improve your safety behind the wheel
At a CarFit clinic, a team of trained CarFit technicians will work one-on-one with the driver demonstrating how to properly adjust mirrors, seat, steering wheel, head restraint plus more tips to help stay safe behind the wheel. During a CarFit checkup, the driver remains in the vehicle for most of the time. At the end of the 12-point checkup, occupational therapists can help with individual needs and provide information about local resources to help with driver safety.
It takes 20 minutes per appointment and it’s FREE to CAA Members and non-members. Drivers will receive a copy of the checklist as well as a bonus gift for attending.
The CarFit program recognizes that older drivers are often the safest drivers. They are more likely to wear their seatbelts, less likely to speed, plus less likely to drive impaired. However, as drivers mature, age-related changes in vision, flexibility, strength, and range of motion can make drivers less comfortable and reduce their control behind the wheel. CarFit provides education to assist mature drivers in understanding and applying the built-in safety features of their vehicle. Today’s vehicles have many features that offer enhanced restraints and protection, yet many mature drivers are unaware of those features or how to use them properly. CarFit helps to identify how the fit of your vehicle can affect your driving and how minor adjustments and adaptations can assist your changing needs.
Interested in attending a CarFit clinic? Please complete the online form and the CarFit coordinator will contact you to set up an appointment in your community. CarFit clinics take place in the spring, summer and fall each year. Stay tuned for our upcoming clinics in 2020!
Here’s what other drivers had to say about their experience:
“We went over everything – the seatbelts, wipers, headlights, mirrors, steering wheel and the airbag – all sorts of things you don’t normally think about. It was a great review!” - Judy S.
“This was my first CarFit, and I was impressed to see how well organized and efficient the course really was. From a walk around circle-check, to proper mirror positioning, I learned a thing or two about the orientation of my vehicle. CarFit isn’t only meant for an older age group, there were things I learned I didn’t know until going through the steps, and finding my safest fit!”
- Kevin Dunn, 2018 Saskatchewanderer.