As a disabled person, you may be tempted to think that it is impossible for you to purchase a car that suits your needs or that the costs of adapting a car for better mobility are beyond your financial means. However, this should not be the case because just like many other disabled people, you can get help from friends, relatives, or even support agencies and adapt your car at your local garage and take to the roads on your own.
Before you by any car from the market, you have to ensure that it can be adapted easily to meet your mobility needs. The best thing for you to do is to ask the company or garage that will be doing the modifications to help you in making the right choice.
Adapting Your Car
Doing modifications to your car so you can have a safe and comfortable experience can always be achieved easily through the installation of a number of items to your car. Some of these items include a knob fitted to the steering wheel for easy turning, rotating seats, adapted mirrors, and safety belts.
If you are suffering from weakened or broken arms, you should get your car adapted for foot operation of both the direction and horn indicators. Electronic secondary controls and disabled driver hand controls are also very necessary. In any case you have an artificial arm fitted below your elbow, it can be very possible for you to drive through the use of a specially fitted limb attachment connected to the steering wheel. If at all you lack both arms, you vehicle can be adapted for foot steering.
If you have weakened or broken legs, your car can be fitted with automatic transmission as this does not require you to use the clutch pedal. You can also ask for hand-operated acceleration and breaking controls. If one leg is functional, you can move the pedals to its side or fix a semi-automatic clutch.
If you are using a wheel chair, you will require a Midfold person lift or a wheelchair ramp fixed in your car. The lift is for carrying you from your wheelchair into and out of the vehicle whenever necessary. The wheelchair ramp allows you to get inside the vehicle without getting out of your wheelchair. In addition, you will need a wheelchair hoist to help you in loading your wheelchair into the vehicle. Different hoists are designed to lift power wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and manual wheelchairs.
If you are a partially sighted person, you will need to fix extra mirrors in order to increase your peripheral vision. In case you are suffering from macular degeneration (AMD), it is very advisable for you to fix bioptic lenses on all your mirrors.
Once you car has been adapted according to your expectations, it is very important for you to train how to use it and limit your driving to short distances for a while in order to get used to the car before embarking on long-distance trips.