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Driving With Disabilities: What You Have To Do

Disabled people are not much different from normal people. Aside from their disability, they should be able to do things that normal people can do. There is just a layer of extra difficulty. For those with disabilities, doing things that normal people can do can help make them feel good about themselves. For those who want to break free and start driving again, here are some tips on how to get on the road.

Be Honest With Yourself

Before anything else, you need to look at yourself and be honest with what you can do. For some disabled individuals, it would be simple to start driving again. For example, the mute would have no trouble at all. They can take the standard driving test and should be fine. But for other individuals, it will be a long uphill climb. Some might not even be able to do it at all. You should think clearly about your disability and whether you can drive a car at all. If you think you can, then it’s time to move on to the next step.

Get An Assessment

There are driving disability assessment centers and experts out there that can work with you for an initial assessment and your ability to drive. This is not so much a test as a physical checkup of what you can exactly do and how you might be able to drive a vehicle. It also helps acquaint you with the basics of driving, which is a great help for those who have not driven before. They will be able to advise you on what changes you need to make so that you can be on the road.

Handling Sensory Impairment

Particular disabilities that impair your senses can be a bit difficult for those who want to drive. Sight is an essential sense when driving. If your disability is blindness, then you will likely not be able to drive. But there are different levels of it. For example, legal blindness means you can still see, but it is extremely blurry. This might be because of cataracts and other conditions. Getting a cataract extraction with an IOL implant might be enough to get you qualified to drive again. You might need to schedule a meeting with an eye expert.

Additionally, deafness can be a bit of an issue. While driving is a visual activity, hearing is required for warnings and the like. This means you might need hearing implants or depend more on visual cues and mirrors than the normal driver.

Install Changes To Your Vehicle

Driving a car

People with physical disabilities need extra modifications to their cars if they want to be able to drive properly. You will usually be given a list of what your car will need when you come in for your assessment. The biggest problem is the expense. You will likely be paying a premium for your car. Adding custom changes can have a high price tag, but there are ways to lessen the burden. For example, you can get some financial assistance from the government. This might come in the form of rebates or tax deductions. You can also potentially get some rebates from manufacturers and dealers. Discuss with them what they might be able to give.

Additional Training

With a car ready, you should start training for a driving test. Since you will not be driving a standard car, you will need to train with your custom car. This training will focus on the use of the modifications. For example, people with paraplegia are not able to use their legs, but their arms are fine. The main change to cars that they drive is a way for the wheelchair to be in the driver’s seat and a way to operate the brakes and gas by hand. Knowing how to use those properly is an essential part of the training.

Make It Legal

Once you are finished with training, you should be moving on to getting the special license that you need. Depending on the state or country, there might be several requirements that you need to meet. For example, some states will require a written assessment you received from the disability driving expert. You will also likely need to pass a full driving test with your modded car.

Driving with disabilities can be intimidating. But if you take the right steps, then you will have the freedom to be on the road. For one who has difficulty moving about, this can be revolutionary. Make the decision and take the right steps so that you can be a driver in your own right.


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