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Evaluation of CarFit® Criteria Compliance and Knowledge of Seat Adjustment
ISSN: 0148-7191, e-ISSN: 2688-3627
Published April 03, 2018 by SAE International in United States
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Improper fit in a vehicle will affect a driver’s ability to reach the steering wheel and pedals, view the roadway and instrument gauges, and allow vehicle safety features to protect the driver during a crash. CarFit® is a community outreach program to educate older drivers on proper “fit” within their personal vehicle. A subset of measurements from CarFit® were used to quantify the “fit” of 97 older drivers over 60 and 20 younger drivers, ages 30-39, in their personal vehicles. Binary, logistic regression was used to assess the likelihood of drivers meeting the CarFit® measurement criteria prior to and after CarFit® education. The results showed older drivers were five times more likely than younger drivers to meet the CarFit® criteria for line of sight above the steering wheel, suggesting that younger drivers would also benefit from CarFit® education. Binary, logistic regression was used to determine whether a subset of 33 older drivers selected a seating position that allowed them to operate the brake without fully extending their leg or reaching with their toes. Results showed 45% positioned themselves too far from the brake pedal, and therefore might benefit from additional education and/or equipment to better accommodate their “fit” (e.g., power adjustable pedals or pedal extenders). The findings of this study show that both age and stature were significant predictor variables to assess the likelihood of compliance with the CarFit® criteria. Restructuring the CarFit® checklist could assist CarFit® technicians with optimizing a driver’s “fit” in his/her own vehicle.
- Shayne McConomy - Clemson University
- Johnell Brooks - Clemson University
- Paul Venhovens - Clemson University
- Yubin Xi - Clemson University
- Patrick Rosopa - Clemson University
- John DesJardins - Clemson University
- Kevin Kopera - Greenville Health System
- Nathalie Drouin - Greenville Health System
- Leah Belle - Greenville Health System
- Constance Truesdail - Greenville Health System
- Stephanie Tanner - Greenville Health System
- Sarah Hennessy - Greenville Health System
- Kathy Lococo - TransAnalytics
- Loren Staplin - TransAnalytics
- Elin Schold Davis - AOTA
CitationMcConomy, S., Brooks, J., Venhovens, P., Xi, Y. et al., "Evaluation of CarFit® Criteria Compliance and Knowledge of Seat Adjustment," SAE Technical Paper 2018-01-1314, 2018, https://doi.org/10.4271/2018-01-1314.
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