Free driver safety event for seniors offered April 18

The RSVP Volunteer Program, sponsored by Volunteers of America Minnesota, is bringing a free driver safety event to Isanti this spring.

At this educational event, drivers 55 and over will receive a quick but comprehensive check of how well they and their vehicles work together. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, April 18, at the Isanti VFW, 410 S. Railroad Ave.

Trained volunteers will ask simple questions to complete a 12-point check list, of things like mirror adjustments, seatbelts, lights, flashers and more. The entire process takes about 20 minutes per vehicle, and participants leave with recommended safety adjustments and adaptations, a list of local resources and greater peace of mind.

CarFit is not a driver assessment program. It was developed as a public service by the American Society on Aging in collaboration with AARP, American Occupational Therapy Association and AAA in order to increase driver safety.

The RSVP volunteer program is part of a national organization that matches people 55 and over with opportunities to serve the community. One of RSVP’s main focus areas is helping older adults and people with disabilities to remain safe and independent  for as long as possible.

Interested drivers can find more information by calling 320-679-1080 or by visiting www.car-fit.org/carfit/registercarfit/MN.

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