Selecting A Vehicle

As you begin to integrate mobility devices, vehicles, and driving equipment into your life, consider the following:

• Will your new vehicle fit into your garage?

• Do you need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to navigate safely in snow and rain?

Not all vehicle modifications affect other members of your family. For example, a left-foot gas pedal allows a person with right-sided weakness to use the left foot to operate the gas and brake, but another driver can simply fold down the added accelerator and use the conventional pedals.

Consider what investments in technology will meet both your current and long-term needs and serve you at home, at work, and in the community. For example, if you have trouble walking from a scooter lift-mounted on the rear of your car to the driver door, you may be better accommodated by using a traditional four-wheeled power chair and a modified van. The wheelchair could be used as seating in the driver compartment of the van and at your desk at work, thus eliminating additional transfers, increasing safety, and minimizing fatigue.

Finally, make sure you have an up-to-date disabled person parking permit, which you can obtain from your state vehicle licensing agency. To obtain this permit, you must have your physician fill out a special application form verifying your disability.

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