Driving with a Prosthesis
After receiving and being fitted for your new prosthesis, you’ll be eager to get back to daily life activities. For many users of prosthetic devices, driving is at the top of that list. Getting on the road is often key to maintaining your independence. In this article, we’ll review considerations to have in mind, potential vehicle modifications, and regulations to be aware of.
Few of us enjoy going to the DMV but it’s essential to staying on the road. You will need to let your local DMV know about your amputation and find out about updates to your vehicle that make required. They may require adaptations to your car to ensure your safety as a driver. Regulations are dependent on your state and the type of amputation. In some cases, you may need to take the driving portion of the license exam again with your modified vehicle. If upgrades are required or the DMV determines you can only operate an automatic vehicle, they will add that condition to your driver’s license.
Making modifications to your car can make it easier and safer for you to drive. Some potential modifications include:
- additional handle controls,
- relocation of the gas and brake pedals
- chest straps
- spinner knobs
- emergency brake extensions
- modified gear shifters
You may also want to look for a car that has an easily adjusted steering wheel and seat.
Thankfully, there are lots of organizations that provide and install adaptive devices and equipment, so you can safely operate your vehicle. Though there is plenty to do and consider when it comes to driving after an amputation, don’t get discouraged! Our team at Metro Prosthetics is happy to work with you to find a prosthetic device that suits your lifestyle and can provide recommendations for getting back on the road again. To learn more about Metro Prosthetics and our services, reach out to us today!