Driving is an essential activity for many. With the installment of adaptive driving equipment solutions, people with mobility issues can regain independence and control over their lives.
Solutions such as hand controls, wide-angle mirrors and wheelchair lifts are offered to help drivers who face physical challenges obtain greater confidence and safety on the road.
Most adaptive driving equipment suppliers perform full clinical evaluations of their customers in order to pinpoint their exact needs and offer the most appropriate solution.
Types Of Adaptive Driving Equipment You Can Find On The Market
Today’s market offers a wide variety of adaptive driving equipment made to accommodate the driver’s specific physical limitations. These modifications can be installed in different parts of the vehicle such as the steering wheel, seats, mirrors, foot pedals and more, in order to fulfill their purpose by providing greater autonomy for the physically impaired driver.
Hand controls allow the driver to operate the gas and brake pedals with one hand and the steering wheel with the other hand. These can be used for either right or left hand operation, require an automatic transmission for their installment and can only be put into wheelchair accessible vehicles that have power steering and brakes.
Hand controls allow you to comfortably operate things such as window washers, air conditioning or turn signals while simultaneously using the gas and brake pedals by conforming to the person’s natural hand, arm and wrist movement.
Electronic driving aids, also known as joysticks, are made to fit people with more severe disabilities such as quadriplegics and individuals who can’t move more than two extremities. These electronic mobility controls offer one touch hand control driving aids, with the advantage of being tailored to anyone’s specific needs through simple programming.
Wheelchair and scooter lifts:
Wheelchair and scooter lifts are adaptive driving equipment made to help the driver access their vehicle in an easy and autonomous manner. Wheelchair lifts can be installed under the vehicle or in a side entry, allowing for maximum interior space for the driver and its passengers.
Platform style scooter lifts can be stowed inside or under the vehicle for transportation. A swing arm style raises and lowers the unoccupied scooter.
With the push of a button, the user can access their vehicle easily without needing any extra help. Depending on the type of lift you choose, your scooter or wheelchair can be stored both inside and outside your car.
Swivel seating works as a turning seat that helps the user in and out of the vehicle without needing assistance from someone else. It can be installed in practically any sized vehicle, eliminating the need to climb or twist and turn while getting into the vehicle’s seat.
By swiveling out at 90 degrees, they’re a great alternative to wheelchair accessible vehicles. Many are fitted to the passenger’s side but in some cases can be fitted to the driver’s side.
Wheelchair security equipment:
Your wheelchair must stay firmly in place. We offer two types of wheelchair security equipment. Tie-down/locking pin systems dock the wheelchair to the floor whereas retractable tie-downs with straps retract into a housing that can be tightened or released.
There are many adaptive driving equipment solutions available to fit anyone’s specific needs.
With the help of a professional, you’ll be guided into choosing the most compatible and correct type of equipment for your needs.
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