Adjusting your car to be safe and comfortable (CarFit)

CarFit is a free community education programme designed to assist older drivers set up their car correctly. CarFit helps older drivers stay safe and feel more confident behind the wheel.

Benefits 

CarFit shows older drivers how to set up their car so they are in the best position physically, have the greatest range of vision and can access all the controls.

This is particularly beneficial for older drivers - our bodies become much more fragile as we age and being in a correctly set-up car helps drivers stay safe and feel more confident behind the wheel. There are also many devices that can make using a car easier for people with health or mobility issues - CarFit can provide advice about these.

 

How to attend a CarFit programme

CarFit programmes are run regularly throughout the country. To find out if one is available in your area, or if you are interested in helping to run a CarFit event or simply require more information, contact Rochelle Comber (rcomber@aa.co.nz).

Drivers who attend a CarFit programme do not risk losing their licence or being ordered off the road. The aim of the programme is to help people stay independent and drive safely and enjoyably.

 

Comments from CarFit participants

"It solved a whole lot of minor problems I had that I did not know I had. Can now see the dashboard instruments information such as petrol gauge and when my lights are on high. Seatbelt fits properly and I now feel much more comfortable."

"Found lots of stuff out about the car that I did not know. I’m a very short person, so have now finally been able to adjust the car to fit. I have been putting up with driving with my seatbelt across my neck for years."

In this factsheet you will find all you need to know about the CarFit programme.

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