With age, it’s natural for behavioral and driving habits to change. As we get older, it’s important to notice these changes and adjust appropriately for our benefit as well as for others. When driving is concerned, driving defensively is always suggested, but aging means you should be aware of that and any signs that you are not driving with risk factors. For example, if you have lessened eye sight that prevents you from seeing traffic signals, other cars and pedestrians walking by. For those cases and others, consulting with certified driving rehabilitation specialists (CDRS) and NMEDA Quality Assurance Program dealers will get you on the path to continued independence.
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles for You
Meeting with a NMEDA QAP dealer means you are looking at vehicles or mobility equipment that fit your specific need. Or, you’re choosing between vehicles, and maybe even your own, to modify to fit your lifestyle. If your legs are making it difficult to push the gas and brake pedals, you can look into driving aids that will enable you to use alternative ways of driving. If a wheelchair accessible SUV is what you’re looking for, a CDRS and NMEDA QAP dealer can assess your ability and requirements and pair them with a vehicle to suit your lifestyle. An accessible minivan with a conversion ramp on the side or back will allow you to move more freely.
Changing the vehicle you’ve used and love into something you’re not quite sure of can be a little worrisome, but NMEDA’s Quality Assurance Program should take the stress out of making modifications to any vehicle. Converting or purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle will improve your driving conditions for your continued use. The QAP is the only nationally recognized program for mobility equipment that ensures the best vehicle is produced for your safety. If you had any doubts previously, NMEDA acts with aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for accessible vehicles fit to drive. Safety and quality is of the utmost importance.
Around the Clock Service
As you age into the senior category, you become more at risk for certain things like arthritis and put precautions in place to protect your life. Similar to having a device that alerts officials when you need assistance, all NMEDA dealers provide 24/7 emergency services when you purchase a handicap accessible vehicle from them. So when you’re transporting yourself to and from home, you have peace of mind that relief if needed is just a phone call away.
The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our Quality Assurance Program mobility equipment dealers.