If you have one or more disabilities, you will no doubt wish to lead as independent a life as possible. One way of making that happen is by getting behind the wheel of a car. As you can imagine, being able to drive opens up a wealth of possibilities. The main benefit of driving is, of course, being able to travel whenever you want.
The thing about driving with a disability is that some people don’t think it’s possible. If you are one of those people, it might shock you to learn that is no longer the case. Adaptive technology has come a long way in recent years.
Even those that suffer from severe disabilities can still get practical help. Do you want to start driving but don’t know the best way of getting on the road? Today’s handy blog post will give you some useful strategies. Here’s how to get started:
Make sure the DVLA says you are OK to drive
You will need to make sure that you have a legal entitlement to be on the road. To do that, your first port of call should be with the DVLA. Their website will tell you if you need to notify them about a particular medical condition.
If you’re not sure you fit into a particular category, it’s worth giving them a call. That way, you can get definitive answers to your questions.
Choose the right type of car for your needs
Disabled motorists will each have different vehicular needs. It’s important to learn which types of car are most suitable for yours. For example, if you need help getting in and out of the car, a larger vehicle would be more appropriate.
If your disability doesn’t affect your mobility, you could select a smaller hatchback. It’s crucial you pick the right type of car before you buy. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a vehicle you can seldom drive!
Get a new car through Motability
The Motability scheme uses your government mobility benefits to pay for the cost of leasing a new car. Assuming you are eligible, you’ll be able to select from a raft of new models.
They offer many benefits such as insurance, breakdown cover and servicing as part of the deal. It’s worth talking to TC Harrison to find out if you qualify for Motability. They can also advise you which new models are best for your needs.
Organise the right adaptations for your new car
It doesn’t matter whether you buy a brand new car or a used one. What does matter is your vehicle has the right adaptations fitted to it. There are hundreds of different alterations you can have done to your vehicle.
By getting them done to your car, your life on the road will be so much easier! Companies like AutoAdapt manufacture all kinds of vehicle solutions. They range from wheelchair lifts through to swivel seats. You might not think it, but there’s a world of adaptations out there that you can take advantage of.