If your disability is supervening and before having it, you were already driving, now you will have to get your license again, at least the practical part. There are driving schools that offer this service with adapted vehicles. Depending on what needs you have, you can examine yourself with one of the driving schools’ vehicles that offer this possibility and has a car like the wheelchair accessible SUV. The most common is having a car with the automatic gear change, accelerator, and brake on the steering wheel. If you need another type of adaptation, you will likely have to buy your car with the necessary adaptations, and you will have to add the pedals in the passenger’s place so that the teacher can use them. Once you have examined yourself, you can remove them. This is a cost that you must bear.
What Types Of Accommodation Are There If I Am A Driver?
There are practical adaptations for any user and any need. As we indicated above, the most common are those that have the accelerator on the steering wheel. There are different types, and the most used is the one with a ring above the steering wheel itself that is activated when pressed.
- Front throttle steering wheel
It is very comfortable because you have both hands on the wheel at all times, and you only have to press on the rim to accelerate. There is also the possibility of placing it on the back of the steering wheel. In this case, the accelerator is activated by gently sliding your fingers. This type of adaptation is more suitable for novice drivers who are not used to driving with the rim’s adaptation above the steering wheel. For people with higher injuries (tetraplegia) or hemiplegics.
There are other types of accelerators that are attached to the same brake lever. The accelerators are usually electronic, while the brakes are always mechanical. A lever is attached to the brake pedal attached so that people who cannot use their legs press the lever manually to brake.
- Throttle with lever
For arm amputees, for example, there are other adaptations such as knobs that make it easier to grip the steering wheel with one hand. These knobs can include buttons that allow you to activate lights, turn signals, horns, windshield wipers, etc.
- Knob with buttons for amputee steering wheel
People with severe disabilities often need personalized adaptations to their situation. There may be as many possible options as there are people. In these cases, it is usually necessary to adapt to measure. The user must be in permanent contact with the workshop that is carrying out the adaptation to test each of the elements that are used. They are installing and adjusting it to the needs of each person.