Whether you’re 16, trying to get your driver’s license, or not-so-16, and trying to get back on the road after a long hiatus, getting behind the wheel for the first time having to deal with a disability can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time.
On top of all that, there are considerations that you must take into account to help get you on the road safely. Here are just a few:
Know Your Limits
When it comes to finding the right vehicle to suit your specific needs, you have to keep your limits in mind. If your mobility is severely limited, a lift or specialized Captain’s chair can help you get in and out of your mobility vehicle. A certified driver rehabilitation specialist (CDRS) can help train you to drive with the right mobility equipment customized to you.
Use the Right Equipment
Like most things in life, quality should always trump quantity, and using the right equipment and modifications for your wheelchair accessible vehicle is no exception to this rule. Skimping on modification materials, craftsmanship and design can end up costing you far more than you’ve bargained for on the road.
Contacting your local NMEDA accredited mobility dealer can ensure you’re getting the best parts and modifications, with the highest quality service possible.
Keep Up With Maintenance Requirements
Simply put: the more modifications you have in your mobility vehicle, the more it becomes your responsibility to keep up with its maintenance. Over time, things wear down, making them more prone to malfunction. In the event a component needs fixing, make sure you use a certified QAP™ (Quality Assurance Program) technician who can analyze and service mobility vehicle-related issues correctly.
This article initially appeared on NMEDA’s website.