Firstly I’ll quickly go over the law/rules regarding driving as a disabled person, and then tips on learning once you’re knowledgeable about the requirements of driving. The first thing which is important to look at are the requirements in the eyes of the law; specifically the US and UK laws which are quite similar.
There is no longer any legal discrimination against driving if you’re a disabled driver, and the law’s stance on the issue is very clear. As long as you can drive without your disability significantly increasing the chance of you causing an accident, then there are no legal issues why you shouldn’t drive.
Its actually been shown that drivers who use hand controls are less likely to cause an accident, so you won’t have any problems unless you’re (for example) prone to blackouts or seizures.
In most cases, it’s simply a case of learning how to drive like you would have when you were younger whilst using the hand controls – and then taking your test (hand controls are allowed of course), and assuming you pass then you start driving again; that’s it.
When it comes to actually learning how to use Menox Driving Devices such as their hand control, you’re in luck, because aside from the fact that they’re highly expensive they’re very intuitive and easy to use. This is due to the mechanical linkage, intuitive usage and finally the secondary car function buttons.
There are essentially two ‘methods’ to start learning to drive again, the first involves going to a disabled driver’s school and taking lessons. This is especially useful for those who have never driven before, or those who haven’t driven in a very long time. In this instance you can expect to pay quite a lot, I’m not going to quote figures because it varies dramatically – but what I will say on the the issue is that it’s unlikely that this will be a good option for you.
The reasons are that it’s very unlikely you’re going to be living within a close distance of a disabled driver’s school, especially in America where there are vast distances between things. There’s also the costs involved, they can be very expensive – and finally you’ll find that learning to drive independently is the choice which most people take and manage with perfectly fine.
In most cases you’ll find that the best thing to do is simply get started, start driving. Especially with Menox Handicapped Driving Equipment – but this doesn’t mean that you should start driving normally of course.
The best thing to do is drive at times of the day when the roads aren’t crowded, pick roads that you know as well as roads which tend to be less used. Start slowly and build up your confidence, it won’t take long at all to get to grips with disabled driving. I’ve talked to plenty of Disabled Drivers using Menox Mobility Aids who started driving as soon as they got the new vehicle, and learnt as they went.
Although I wouldn’t recommend it, don’t think that using hand controls means you’re completely re-learning how to drive again, because it’s not like that at all.