Get Started With A Driver Evaluation
Once you have an accessible vehicle, the world of possibilities is endless! It will give you the freedom to be yourself, to be more independent, and to be an active member in your community. The days of scheduling accessible transportation are now behind you. Having your own vehicle means that you can take charge of your own schedule, and manage your own life.
Contrary to popular belief, many people with disabilities possess the ability to drive. For our clients that meet the requirements, driver evaluations are available. During these sessions, your instructor will determine the best equipment for you to drive independently. For more information about driver evaluations and adaptive driving equipment, visit our friends at:
1. Who will be driving your wheelchair accessible vehicle?
Accessible vehicles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. To determine which one is right for you, we have to learn a bit about your needs. Will you be driving from your wheelchair, or transferring to the driver’s seat? Maybe you’ll be a passenger, while your caregiver or family member drives? A number of factors, similar to these, will help us to find the vehicle of your dreams!
2. What are wheelchair's key dimensions?
The dimensions of your wheelchair, or other mobility devices, could have an impact on your vehicle choice. Your height and weight may affect your ability to enter, exit, and maneuver within the vehicle. To help us determine the best position for you within the vehicle, we will take some key measurements, which include:
- Your height from the floor to the top of your head, while seated in your wheelchair
- The width of your wheelchair, at its widest point
- The width of your wheelchair’s wheels
- If you’ll be a passenger, we will measure the entire length of your wheelchair, including leg extensions and/or any equipment mounted on the back of your chair
- The combined weight of you and your wheelchair will determine whether additional accommodations will be necessary
3. How many people will be transported in your vehicle, and where will it be stored?
Whether you’re intending to transport one person, or eight people, this factor will play an important role in determining your perfect vehicle. The size of your vehicle will also impact where it can be stored. Your storage space may also impact whether you choose a vehicle that is either rear or side entry.
4. What are your needs/wants?
At the end of the day, your budget will ultimately determine the kind of vehicle that you will purchase. When determining this, you’ll need to factor in:
- Your maximum budget
- A monthly payment that’s comfortable for you
- Additional funding sources that might be able to help
There are a number of features that may make your trek easier and comfortable, such as:
- Backup cameras
- Navigation aid
- Power sliding driver and passenger doors
- Rear air
- Satellite radio
- DVD Player
- Removable seats
Answering these important questions will set you on your way. The mobility experts at Grace Adaptive Driving will ensure that you have everything you need to drive, including adaptive equipment such as hand controls. They are a priceless resource throughout the entire purchasing process, and can provide guidance about a variety of topics including finance.