Disabled drivers and cars

If you’re disabled or if you know someone who is, driving a car can be very difficult, if not impossible. Even with that as a concern, though, don’t think that you’re totally restricted in what you can accomplish. Depending on the degree of disability, many people can still drive cars – the vehicle just has to be properly equipped. That can sometimes be difficult, though, because you’re not always sure what you need and how to go about getting it – or what it will cost. There are charities that offer help with disabled cars and there are those that offer cars that are un-adapted but they also offer advice and information on how you can get the cars adapted properly. That’s a very important consideration, as well as the cost of getting the modifications made. However, there are other concerns, too. For example, if the person driving the car uses a wheelchair it’s not just about having hand controls for the brakes and the gas. It’s also about what to do with the wheelchair. It has to go along with the person, so the vehicle has to be able to accommodate it – and the person has to be able to get in and out of the car and stow the wheelchair, as well.

It’s not as easy as it would at first seem, and depending on the vehicle it can be very difficult. That’s something to keep in mind, too, because adapting a vehicle with hand controls or other devices for the handicapped does no good if the person is incapable of getting in and out of the car or truck. There are many things that you have to think about at that point but at least there are charities where you can get vehicles for people who are handicapped and you can also get special loan rates so that they are more easily affordable. In addition, if you get disability payments you can set it up so that these payments go toward buying the car, making it easier for you to get the car that you need so that your independence isn’t threatened as much by your disability as it otherwise would be.

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