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How Vehicle adaptations can improve quality of life

Posted on by PB Conversions

There are many vehicle adaptations available in the market today. Almost every person with special needs is now able to find an adaption that can be made in their vehicles to make everyday tasks like going to the shops more accessible. As a result, most individuals with special needs are becoming more and more independent when it comes to travelling in vehicles. All a person has to do is seek for which adaptation they need and which will suit their personal driving requirements. They will soon be off to a great start to a better and more fulfilling quality of life. The following are the major ways in which the vehicle adaptations can improve a person’s quality of life:  

1.  Improves Access into the Vehicle

There are people with special needs who often find getting into and out of the vehicles a huge challenge. As such, they require some kind of lifting to be able to get into their cars. Even if there is a person responsible for driving such a person to their destination and bringing them back, getting into the car still be a huge challenge. Therefore, manufacturers of vehicle adaptations have come up with solutions that enable such persons to need very little or no help getting into the vehicle. These adaptations fall under the category of hoists. There are hoists presently that can help lift you right into your car just from the press of a button.

Wheelchair driver

2.  Eases Driving

Today, even individuals with special needs are finding it easier to be able to drive themselves to their destinations and back. Some people aren’t able to effectively use either their upper or lower body. Both the two categories of individuals are taken care of by vehicle adaptations that we can see today. We have hand controls for people who can use their hands and foot controls for those with upper body disabilities. If you’re unable to use your hands to drive, you have the option of using your feet to effectively drive safely. The controls may include the car brakes, accelerators, and gear sticks, just to mention but a few. So, you don’t have to worry about who’s going to take you to your destination and back since it’s easy to do it yourself.

3.  Makes the Vehicles more Comfortable

Some vehicle adaptations like some changes made to the seats of a vehicle make it more comfortable for drivers with special needs. Hence, they also get to enjoy the experience of driving their own vehicles like every other individual. Depending on a person’s unique requirements for car seats, they’re either made more spacious, a little bit raised or lowered. This way, the driver is able to sit comfortably and use the controls inside the vehicle to perfectly enjoy rides just as the rest of the population do. This way, the person using the vehicle feels more satisfied and they may even forget the fact that they have special needs and requirements.

disabled amputee driver

4.  Keep the Drivers Active

Activity is vital for every human being. This improves their physical health and ensures that they don’t develop lifestyle diseases for not being active enough. Whether they’re hand controls or feet controls, the person gets to be active during the whole time they’re driving. Hence, they burn calories the same way a person would when they’re engaged in whatever kind of exercise.

5.  Makes the drivers happier

Special needs drivers are more fulfilled when they find it possible for them to drive their vehicles just like the other person can. This makes them more fulfilled and they may even forget to think of themselves as lower in the society. Hence, the quality of life they’re living makes them more fulfilled in life.

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