Tips For Driving On Mobility

Posted by Ben Davidson about 7 months ago

Driving a car is one of the most freeing feelings in the world. With a car we have the independence to go wherever we want and experience things we would never have been able to without one. 


But what happens when something happens in your life that makes it harder for you to drive? 


As we grow older a lot of us suffer health problems such as arthritis and back pain, and this can cause us to struggle driving the cars we once loved. 


If you have been put on disability in the last few months and are looking for some help with driving, we are here to share some simple tips and tricks. 



Choose a big car 



When you are put on disability, you likely will not be able to climb into a small Vauxhall Corsa or a low BMW 3 Series any longer. Having physical issues can really limit your choice of vehicle and you might feel as if you’ll never gain back the independence you once had. However, there are plenty of cars out there that are ideal for those on disability. For example, Audi Motability cars offer 3 different models which are covered by the scheme allowing you to still enjoy German engineering in style. Peugeot also offer models such as the 3008 which are spacious and offer the perfect vehicle for those who otherwise struggle. 



Go automatic 


If you have driven manual throughout your life, the switch to an automatic might feel strange. However many people who have health problems struggle holding their foot on the clutch and this can be a danger on the roads. The switch to automatic cars will be a great one because you’ll be able to drive effortlessly without worrying about your grip and cramp in your legs. 



Ditch 3 doors 



Sadly, 3 door cars are very difficult to drive or to ride in for those who have a disability. Climbing through the small gap to the back seat can be painful and it is not a sustainable practice. Instead, opt for 5 door cars and enjoy a wide range of stunning models. 



Keep the seat high 


To avoid that struggle of getting in and out of your car, choose a car which sits high and make sure that the seat is high. Cars such as Shoguns and Land Rovers have high seats which many have to climb into, but this may actually be easier for you than sitting close to the ground. Make sure before you purchase a car you test it out in person so you can see if it works for you. 



Keep yourself warm 


Cold weather is the enemy of many with disabilities as cold weather causes our joints and muscles to contract and cramp up. If you have arthritis or a similar medical issue be sure to stay warm by purchasing a car which has a heated seat and steering wheel. Failing that, you can buy heated pads for your steering wheel and seat which plug into your cigarette lighter!

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