I am sure everyone can remember the feeling you had the day you got the keys for your first vehicle. Woo Hoo, I’m free. I’m on my way to being an adult, becoming independent, being free. I can now go where I want, when I want! Mom and dad (while obviously concerned for their child’s safety) are now saved from many of the daily trips to practices, after-school events, etc.
With all feelings aside, the importance of a vehicle in most places in the United States is crucial. Public transportation is poor, to say the least. It is essential to get to and from school, work, doctor appointments, and for normal every-day life such as trips to the grocery store. Access to transportation has a huge impact on us all.
What do you do when a life-changing event happens or your physical abilities change? What then? Will we have to be completely reliant on someone else for transportation? The answer is no!
It might not be as easy as just grabbing the keys and going for someone living with a physical challenge. It may not be quite as simple, however, there are options on the market that make it possible and help to make it much easier. There is equipment available that helps getting in and out of the vehicle safer and easier. There is also a huge misconception that someone in a wheelchair or with a physical challenge can’t drive. This is completely false! There are numerous types of driving controls that can be adapted to your car to aid in your ability to drive depending on your specific needs.
Knowing what is out there and what works best for you is no easy task. The best solution is to meet with a mobility consultant and discuss your needs. They are well versed on what equipment is available and how it will work best for you and the vehicle you want. They can work with your Physical Therapist, driving evaluator, or anyone else to assess your needs and come up with a solution for you. Their goal during the consultation is not only to determine your needs but a good Consultant will guide you through the process every step of the way. Your mobility consultant plays an integral role in making the right steps and decisions the first time.
Mobility and Independence is a very important part of our life. Having a vehicle that supports our needs can be crucial. Knowledge is power. Work with your Mobility consultant. Go. Be. Live.
This was a guest blog post by Sean Petersen from Golden Boy Mobility
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If you are in the San Diego area I would highly recommend them. This is where I purchased my wheelchair accessible vehicle and have been getting service for the past five years.
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