4 ways to Prepare Yourself Mentally for Driving a Wheelchair Van - The Mobility Resource

After your medical assessment and whatever training you go through for your new vehicle are not the only necessary ways to prepare for driving or operating a wheelchair van. Now that you have your vehicle and you are no longer depending on someone else to drive you, you may have some trouble functioning on your own. These 4 methods will help you become and remain comfortable with your new vehicle

  • Be honest during your medical assessment

This ensures that you will get the equipment that will allow you to remain independent

Don’t allow pride to get in the way of being able to drive

  • Read the manual and learn as much as you can about this new way of driving

The dealer that installed the conversion will walk you through the basics

Reading the manual in full, and practicing will allow you to gain a better understanding of your new equipment

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  • Take driving lessons again, if necessary

If you are newly disabled, and you drove in the past, but you haven’t been able to relearn, this is the ideal time

  • Look at online forums specific to your adaptive driving equipment for tips

Search on the internet for your specific equipment and append forums

Review others’ experiences either prior to or after you’ve purchased your vehicle


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