In society today, driving provides freedom, independence, control and mobility. People regularly use vehicles for a number of reasons from driving to work to running errands. However as a disabled or elderly driver, you might find it a little more difficult on the road. Here are some tips that’ll help you through the journey from start to finish.
When searching for a car:
Make sure you’re looking out for special features, such as:
- Models that make it easier for you to get in and out of the vehicle.
- Cars that have space for you to stow wheelchairs, mobility scooters or other equipment.
When choosing a new car:
Make sure to ask questions about the car and the type of controls installed. Ask about companies that install controls and what adaptations are available for you.
Cars for families of disabled children:
Family cars are difficult enough to choose without the added features for a disabled child but they are vital to the comfort of some people.
- Ask about relevant standard features & specialist equipment.
- If your children have specific needs make sure you look at features that will support postural needs, changing behaviour and transporting equipment.
Learning how to drive:
Get plenty of practice. Regularly the DVSA recommends an average of 45 hours learning with an approved driving instructor and 22 hours private practice.
Find a disability driving instructor and work out a personal method that helps you learn your way of driving while adhering to the rules of the road.
If you’re a licence holder and have just installed new adaptations, it’s always useful to go on a couple of driving lessons to get used to your new controls. It’s important that you don’t just rush out onto the road without any idea how to use your shiny new left foot accelerator.
Deciding what to do next:
Come and visit RDAC. If you’re concerned about your ability to drive and would like some advice from Medical professionals and an approved driving instructor, visit RDAC and we’ll be happy to give you all the advice you’re looking for. All you have to do is fill in an application form or ask your GP about a referral.
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