When it comes to the various accessories for disabled drivers you’ll find there are a number of handicap aids designed to making driving your car easier and safer. Find out more below.
One very useful invention is the car swivel seat for people with either complete loss of partial loss of feeling in their legs. One of the problems with entering and exiting the vehicle is that the metal links going from the hand controls to the floor pedals can obstruct leg movement. They’re hanging down very close to the legs and it’s difficult enough to get in and out of the car without having to wrangle with the various metal cables.
A swivel seat allows the disabled driver to rotate around from his forward facing position 90 degrees to allow easier access out of the vehicle. Most seats do not limit you to 90 degrees but are rotatable by 360 degrees. If you are interested in this type of device you need to make sure that you’re getting the best possible one you can, because there are a lot of gimmicks out there. One thing to consider is how much cushioning you want on the swivel seat – or whether you want to add your odd pillow. Many of them come with none at all and it’s not good for your buttocks to be pressed against such a hard surface – even if you can’t feel it.
Another very useful invention is the car caddie or support handle. Getting out the vehicle can be assisted by being able to use your upper body strength to hoist your body up and out. This clearly isn’t the only thing you should be using but it certainly adds a lot in terms of strength, stability and certainty. They’re either a solid plastic handle, or a solid handle which is connected to a strong fabric belt which hangs down from your car ceiling – or in the window which is opened. This allows you to be able to retain your balance and speed up the exiting times involved. As you can imagine just having something to hold onto will make you feel much more secure.
There are various different types of handicap car equipment and I just want to talk a little bit about the topic in general. I personally do heavily recommend them, and I know a lot of people who simply make do without them.
Websites such as Amazon have brought down the costs of disability equipment to the point where you’re paying what I would consider very reasonable prices – no more than 20 dollars in most cases. There is no reason to suffer, especially if you’re using your car on a day to day basis – because little tools such as one which extends the reach of your arm can make your life so much easier.
The most important thing is to feel comfortable and keep safety in mind at all times, do you have any other car equipment or hand controls which you’d like to recommend? Leave a comment below.