If you are disabled and unable to drive, there are ways that you can get on the road again and regain your independence.
Equipment and vehicle modifications available today can make driving — once impossible — quite possible and thoroughly enjoyable. But like everything else in life that’s important, being able to drive again requires that you follow a set of procedures. Meet all the requirements, and you’ll soon be on the road again.
1. You will need to undergo an assessment by a qualified evaluator. Your doctor will give you a referral form and provide specific information concerning your disability. The assessment will determine your capability of driving and any modifications your vehicle will need.
2. If the evaluator determines that modifications to your vehicle are necessary, he can work with you and a dealer to see to it that your vehicle has what it needs. One question you will need to answer is whether you will transfer to the driver’s seat or will drive from a wheelchair. Driving from a wheelchair generally means that you’ll require a van.
3. Vehicle modification can be expensive, and you may want to investigate avenues of financial assistance. Vehicle modifications may be covered under your private insurance or your worker’s compensation. Or you may qualify for assistance as a veteran. Grants from nonprofit organizations are sometimes available, as well.
4. Finally, you will need to demonstrate that your disability doesn’t interfere with your ability to drive. Because requirements vary from state to state, your best bet is calling your local department of motor vehicles office and checking out what you’ll need to do. And once you have your license, don’t forget your special placard for accessible parking.
At Power Mobility and Lifts in Phoenix, we understand the importance of your mobility and independence. We offer a full range of mobility equipment, including wheelchairs, scooters and vehicle lifts. We’re also available to service your equipment anywhere in the state of Arizona. Give us a call. We’re pleased to help you get on the road again.
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