Driving Aids for Drivers with Disabilities

As more and more drivers with disabilities travel the highways and byways, a number of helpful adaptive technologies have hit the market, making life easier for people with mobility issues. These driving aids for drivers with disabilities are tailor-made for your handicap accessible van or car.

Pedal Extensions for Gas and Brake Pedals

Pedal extensions decrease the distance from your foot to the gas or brake pedal, and they’re custom-installed based on your height requirements. The extender pedals, usually made from steel with a rubber pad for traction, have adjustable extension lengths and heights.

Handybar

Handybar
Just as its name implies, the Handybar is a portable support handle that helps people with a permanent or temporary mobility challenge get in and out of lower cars and higher SUV’s confidently and easily. The bar is 9” long, weighs under one pound, and supports more than 350 lbs. of weight. The Handybar easily stows in the glove box, middle console or door pocket for easy access.

Back-Up Camera

A back-up camera, reverse camera, and rear camera are the same thing. These cameras are available in wired or wireless configurations. When you put your car in reverse, the video

Backup Camera
monitor mounted on your dashboard (or some other location where the driver can easily see it) automatically receives a signal from the camera mounted at the rear of the car (often near the license plate), so you can see exactly where you’re going as you back up.

Typically, the camera has a wide-angle or fish-eye lens, giving you a continuous horizontal view from one corner to another behind the car. Generally, the cameras are mounted at a downward angle to show you any ground-level barriers, as well as walls and docks around the corner.

Rear Back-Up Sensors

Also available wired or wireless, rear back-up sensors let you know if there are obstacles in your way as you back up your vehicle. Via radio waves, he sensors measure the distance between your vehicle and an object and send an electronic signal to a receiver on the dash or somewhere near the driver’s position, which gives you a warning sound or light to let you know you’re approaching a trashcan, a curb, a bike left in the driveway, or another potentially damaging object is in your path.

Electric Parking Brake

The electronic parking brake is ideal for those with disabilities affecting upper-body strength or manual dexterity. It’s simply a one-button device that allows you to apply the parking brake with very little effort. The brake is connected to the computer in your vehicle, and it automatically releases when you shift your vehicle into “drive”—making sure you don’t drive while the emergency brake is locked in place.

Power Pull

Power Pull
Here’s help for wheelchair users who enter and exit a wheelchair van independently. The Power Pull makes it easier to go up and down the ramp. Simply roll up beside the ramp of your vehicle, take hold of the strap, position yourself in front of the ramp, hook the pull to your chair, press and hold the “IN” button, and the pull takes you right up the ramp. The same system gets you out of the vehicle.

All these convenient options are sure to make your drive—around the corner or around the country—a pleasant one!