We are not all dealt the same hand in life. Unfortunately, some are involved in life-threatening accidents or struggle with a health problem. If this is a chronic or long-term problem it can materialise in a life-long disability. Anyone with a disability understands the difficulty that comes with it. Things that were once easy, simple and taken for granted, become the equivalent of climbing a mountain. Passions and hobbies are left just out of reach. For those with a love of driving, it can be devastating. However, a disability doesn’t always have to stop your driving. The petrolhead inside you might still be desperate to hear the roar of the engine! And there’s no reason you can’t satisfy that. Here’s how you can still get behind the wheel.
Report to the authorities – The first thing to do is register your disability with the authorities. You’ll need to apply for a new license with the disability registered. With some health problems, it may mean that you are required to submit your license for a period of time. This is the case with epilepsy and other neurological health problems. However, many physical disabilities can be accepted and worked around.
Vehicle adaptations – Many car manufacturers often adaptation schemes. This means your vehicle can be altered and changed to suit your disability. It might mean creating wider doors or extending the seat space to fit. It could be improved handling or additional driving aids. For example, a left foot accelerator can be installed if you’ve lost the use of the right leg. In some cases, adaptations can be made so that all the controls are made by your hands.
Motability – The motability scheme is one designed specifically for disabled drivers. Once you apply for the scheme, you have access to a number of cars engineered to your needs. You can find some fantastic vehicles here too, it’s not just your boring cars on offer! Visit the Mobility Cars Superstore and you’ll see the huge range of options available. Take a look for yourself and see if you could benefit from one.
The blue badge – When you register your disability with the driving authorities, you’ll be granted a blue badge. This grants you permission to use accessible parking spaces around every city. A blue badge also allows you free street parking in certain city centers. Once you apply, you’ll be handed all the necessary information. The blue badge is very useful for disabled drivers.
Adaptations to the home – Disabled drivers are entitled to certain home adaptations. Again, speak to your local authority about what these might be. In many cases it can include the lowering of curbs to help you access you home from the car. It may be the building of ramps around your property to help access.
Driving with a disability poses some difficulties. However, it does not mean you have to give up this freedom. Making alterations and applying for the correct schemes can open up your world again. A disability doesn’t have to mean giving up driving!