The students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at the Miami campus held a CarFit drive-thru at the campus in the parking garage. The students assisted faculty, staff and students that brought their cars through to perform safety checks, proper rear and side-view mirror adjustments, lights and hazard light check as well as proper seating/steering wheel adjustments and foot positioning on the gas and brake pedals. In order to provide this service, students had to attend a half-day training through CarFit to become CarFit technicians; teaching them the three parts of the event: check-in, check-up and check-out. The OTA faculty will be planning another event, later this year, out in the community for the public.
CarFit is an educational program, created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA (American Automobile Association), AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. The program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community.