The loss of a limb may result in a person’s inability to operate a motor vehicle in the “normal or traditional” manner using original manufacturer equipment. Our therapists will carefully evaluate your abilities and devise a comprehensive plan of care that will allow you to compensate for the loss of a limb(s) using a combination of auto adaptive equipment, prostheses and techniques.
No two situations are alike, even if they have the same amputation (s) site/level. Some cases require no special vehicle modification and others may find that the below auto adaptive equipment may be indicated. Additionally, policies, regulations and laws vary from state to state regarding modifications vs. no modifications prior to operating.
- Special steering orthosis
- A left foot gas pedal
- Hand controls for operation of gas/brake
- Adapted secondary controls (i.e. blinker, horn, dimmer, windshield wipers)
- An emergency break extension
- Automatic transmission
- Ramp accessible vehicle
- Transfer platform.
If you have had an amputation of a limb(s) that may affect your ability to drive your vehicle, be sure to have a conversation with your physician about a referral to see a driving rehab specialist. Auto Adaptive equipment and/or techniques will likely be recommended to increase function and safety while operation of a motor vehicle.
At the Driver Rehabilitation Center of Excellence, our mission is to provide you with the highest quality individualized services, so that together we will find the best solution to meet your unique driving and community mobility needs. Our goal is to maximize your independence allowing you to reach your greatest potential.
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