Driving safely amid disabilities. (Photo Credits)
Persons with Disabilities can still drive their vehicles provided that they have acquired a license to drive, and they are driving a vehicle that has been modified for their special needs.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA assures persons with disabilities, and non-handicap drivers that they are doing what they can to ensure road safety for everyone.
“Demonstrating our commitment to promoting safe behaviors on our nation’s roads, NHTSA regulates modifications made to vehicles used by people with disabilities and provides a proven process for drivers and those transporting people with disabilities to maintain their freedom on the road. NHTSA encourages people requiring adaptive devices to work with experienced driver rehabilitation specialists, NHTSA-registered dealers and modifiers, and other professionals to avoid costly mistakes when modifying or purchasing a vehicle to accommodate their requirements safely.”
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The website Safe Driving For Life enumerated the possible modifications for vehicles to be made for persons with disability.
“Modifications that can be made include: (1) hand controls for braking and accelerating; (2) steering aids; (3) clutch conversions; (4) seat belt modifications or harnesses; (5) special seating; and (6) wheelchair stowage equipment.”
The rest of their article can be found here.
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Cars Direct meanwhile published a comprehensive article on driving for persons with disabilities. One portion of the article included laws and regulations on driving for PWDs.
“Handicapped driving law refers to the body of statutes and regulations that deal with disabled individuals operating motor vehicles. Although the definition of disability can vary according to state law, it generally covers individuals who have lost the use of one or more limb and need special equipment to operate their vehicles. This equipment includes wheelchair ramps or lifts, as well as hand controls for acceleration, braking and steering. Handicapped driving law is enforced at the federal level by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and at the state level by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).”
The whole article can be printed from here.
Persons with disabilities indeed are not deprived from driving independence because of their personal circumstances. Fortunately they are given an equal chance to be on the road and drive their own vehicle.