June 4 CarFit event in Ames to help older drivers “fit” better into their vehicles

Older-driver-2By 2030, there will be an estimated 58.9 million people age 65 and older – that's 1 in 5 people. Older Americans are expected to represent 1 in 4 licensed drivers at that time. Personal mobility is critical for healthy aging, but as our bodies change as we age, ill-fitting vehicles can make it uncomfortable and unsafe to drive. Additionally, due to fragility, older drivers have the highest crash death rate per mile of everyone except teenagers. CarFit is a tool that can work to keep seniors safer behind the wheel. 

The Iowa DOT is co-hosting a CarFit event Wednesday, June 4 at Stevens Memorial Chapel parking lot, 607 28th Street in Ames. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All drivers are welcome to participate, appointments can be prescheduled by calling 515-232-5473. 

During the CarFit event, trained professionals take older drivers through a 12-point checklist with their vehicle, recommending minor adjustments that help make their cars “fit” better for comfort and safety. CarFit is a free educational event, the process takes only 20 minutes, and all participants receive a goody bag.  

A free hot dog lunch will be provided. Organizers are also offering free document shredding from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and accepting eyeglasses, ink and toner cartridges, and cell phones for recycling. 



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