Basic Facts About the Disability Driving Assessment

Rachel Mcdaniel Disability Driving Assessment
23 Apr 2018 BLOG_NUM_COMMENTS

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Having a form of disability does not mean that you can not drive; just like everyone else, you will be given an equal opportunity to demonstrate your driving skills through a disability driving assessment. Ordinarily, disability takes away the freedom and independence of an individual and causes them to rely on others for help with basic tasks. Apart from the usual chores, driving is a significant step towards acquiring total independence. However, the severity of disability may at times inhibit the driving skills. For instance, incapacitation in the arms or legs may prevent a person from using specific controls such as the gears and brake pedals. Therefore, before attempting to drive on your own, it is advisable to start off with a handicap driving evaluation which will enable you to acquire a license and enhance your confidence while driving. Here are a few questions that people ask about this evaluation:

* Do I need the disability self-drive analysis if I experienced minor injuries? In this case, small injuries refer to insignificant stiffness in the joints, loss of toes or fingers, having a shorter limb than the other and minor condition that does not inhibit your driving abilities. With such injuries, you do not need the addition of any medical condition or medical report in your driving license. The secret is to make adjustments to your driving depending on the current injury.

* What are the severe disabilities that necessitate a disability steering assessment? If you have severe conditions such as impairment or even the loss of both legs and arms, there is a severe mental or physical incapacitation that makes it difficult for you to coordinate your skills properly. Ordinarily, in the case of serious disabilities, the therapist often recommends the use of adaptive aids or using a modified vehicle. Modified vehicles usually feature hand controls, non-natural limbs, steering wheel supports and automated indicators. However, for this aids or modifications to be applied to your car, you will need to pass the car-navigation assessment.

* Do I need to have a handicap driving test if I am a first-time driver but with a severe disability? As a first time driver, you will have to provide a fitting medical report so that the doctor can recommend particular restrictions on the license, further evaluation or modifications of the vehicle. Therefore, you will receive your license but with all these restrictions indicated.

If the disability driving evaluation, recommends the use of adaptive aids, the following factors must be considered.

* When wearing any appliance, it must not inhibit your ability to drive.

* In case of vehicle modifications, occupational therapists must train an individual on how to use the car. Again, the license must indicate that the individual is using a modified vehicle.

Summary

A disability driving assessment helps the disabled recover their independence by resuming or commencing driving. If the disability is severe, the evaluation may propose the use of adaptive aids or vehicle modifications.You have to contact authorities or seek professional help so that you can be assisted with anything that you need in order for you to get back on your feet and start driving again. Make sure to collaborate and coordinate with your docor, your occupational therapist and the driving authorities. Take all the exams and assessments to ensure that it's safe for you to start driving again. Keep in mind that you can't take your driver's license back if your security, safety and the condition of your mental, emotional and physical health is in its full capacity. Also, you have to make sure that all the modifications in your vehicle has been prepared for you. 

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