Driving a vehicle is no longer an issue for handicapped individuals who are able to purchase a vehicle with hand controls and other modifications. Many types of hand controls are made to accommodate different types of disabilities or handicaps. Purchasing a vehicle with hand controls or buying the hand control package for installation on a current vehicle is expensive but well worth the benefits. An individual with a handicap will feel the benefits of driving by building character, feeling a sense of normacly and build their credit by purchasing and paying on a vehicle.
Low self-esteem is a common factor in individuals with a disability or handicap. The low self-esteem stems from the inability of the person to be able to do things for themselves. The mobility of driving allows a handicapped or disabled person the ability to go and come when they please. Normal activities like going to work, shopping, seeing a friend, going on vacation become normal activities. This builds self-esteem.
Driving allows an individual with a handicap or disability to have independence. Everyone needs to feel independent and not reliant on others for everyday tasks.
An important step in everyone’s life is the day they get their driver’s license. Many children are insistent that their parents take them to get their driver’s license on their birthday so they have mobility. Many parents want their children to get their driver’s license on their birthday so they do not have to take them everywhere. It gives the child freedom to come and go. This is no different for an individual who is disabled child. Driving helps the child to experience the freedom of driving.
The normal thing to do is get in a car and drive to a chosen destination. Individuals with a disability or handicap will feel a normalcy with their ability to drive and take charge of their life.
The equipment in a car for handicapped drivers is a set of hand controls. The breaks and acceleration are all controlled by equipment that is similar to motorcycle equipment. Other accomodations are made within a vehicle for individuals confined to a wheel chair. One such accomodation is the driver’s seat is removed and clamps are installed on the floor to hold the wheel chair in place.
Disabled individuals build their credit when they purchase a car and maintain the payments in a timely manner. A good credit score is important when wanting to purchase a house and other large ticket items.
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