Driving a car is one of the most liberating parts of everyday life. But, it can also be one of the most challenging. This is especially true if you have any physical, visual, or cognitive difficulties, resulting from an accident, age, or your unique situation.
However, thanks to modern adaptive driving equipment, it’s possible to overcome almost any challenge you might have and experience (or regain) the freedom of the open road.
Below, you can explore some of the most commonly prescribed adaptive driving equipment, and some of the challenges that require them.
The above are some of the more common pieces of adaptive equipment, but one of the most important parts of getting back on the road is working with a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialists.
All adaptive driving devices are prescribed by these trained professionals who create a prescription for what devices a vendor can install.
While working with one of these specialists, you’ll usually start with an assessment of what unique challenges face you on the road. Then, after determining which equipment is needed to help you safely drive, you’ll start training with your equipment in a training vehicle.
After displaying that you can safely operate a vehicle using the prescribed device, you can work with your CDRS to get certified according to the unique rules of your state’s DMV.
Here at The Next Street Driver Rehab, we can come to you or host you at one of our offices for an initial assessment. This comprehensive clinical session will help us work with you to determine the exact physical, cognitive, and visual challenges you might have.
From there, we can make a recommendation as to what equipment you might need, and help you start training!
Once you’re comfortable with your ability behind the wheel, our instructors can help you make the transition to getting safely certified on the road.
This process can include guiding you through DMV criteria for adaptive equipment use, and assistance in preparation for any tests you may have to pass.
In all, our goal is to guide you every single step along the way, from identifying your unique challenges to training and certifying you in your new adaptive equipment.
If you’d like to learn more or schedule an initial free consultation, you can reach out to us at our Consultation Homepage or at 860-483-7009.
No matter what your unique challenges, our passion and our purpose are one and the same: to help you maintain the freedom and independence of travel, whether that's behind the wheel of your own motor vehicle, working with adaptive equipment, or finding a different solution that works for you.