What You Need to Know About Learning How to Drive with a Physical Disability
If you were recently injured and you’re wanting to increase your independence and mobility by driving a wheelchair accessible van, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to tell you that, like many who came before you, you can do it!
Special adaptive modifications and driver rehabilitation sessions are available, making it possible for many people living with a physical disability to get back on the road. Here’s what you need to know to start down your new path to freedom.
Pass the Driving Assessment
You may be required to complete a course of driver training with a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) and pass a driving assessment to determine that you are able to safely drive. You can expect the CDRS to perform a clinical evaluation of your physical functioning, including a visual, perceptual, and cognitive screening. They will also assess your wheelchair and seating. Depending on your performance in the assessment, a prescription for vehicle modifications may be written. You can also expect an assessment evaluating the current fitting and operation of the best accessible vehicle for you.
Get a Modified Vehicle
An accessible vehicle is modified to accommodate the special needs of the individual who will drive it. All adjustments made to the vehicle must be in compliance with all federal and environmental laws. Additionally, all modifications should be made by an authorized dealer, such as Bussani Mobility. These modifications include hand controls or foot controls, ramps, lifts, carriers for wheelchairs or scooters, and any other features that are necessary for the vehicle to be operated safely. We work hand-in-hand with your driver rehabilitation specialist to make sure you get exactly what you need.
Where to Start
Do you have questions about mobility vehicles and what it will take for you to drive again? Call us or stop by any of our Bussani Mobility locations on Long Island or in Westchester to talk with a mobility specialist. We’re here to help you through the entire process, and get you back on the road.