AAA Program Aims to Help Seniors Drive Safer
By 2025, one quarter of all drivers on the road will be over 65. At the same time, seniors are more than twice as likely to be killed in a car accident than other drivers. AAA hopes to change that, starting with a free car checkup.
The checkup only takes 20 minutes, as trained traffic specialists walk through the vehicle with drivers. The 12-point check takes a look at things like headlights, brake lights, and turn signals to ensure they're in good working order. AAA also looks at steering wheel position, distance the driver sits from the wheel, and mirror position to eliminate blind spots that drivers may not have noticed.
“Today we are doing the Carfit program, which is a 12-point check to make sure that drivers fit as safely as possible in their vehicle. Everything is optional, because we're really trying to find that great, you know, middle ground between comfort and safety," said Haley Glynn, AAA Traffic Safety.
They take extra care to make sure seniors are comfortable with the changes so they don't just change it back.
The AAA store in Albemarle Square can do these checkups any time by appointment.