Before choosing your vehicle or adaptive equipment, it's best to develop a thorough understanding of your driving needs.
We recommend you follow these steps:
To determine which modifications and/or equipment best suit your individual accessibility needs, be sure to get an accessibility evaluation at your local Driver Assessment Center.
The evaluator will assess these three areas:
When your assessment is finished, you'll receive a copy of the evaluation and a “prescription” for adaptive equipment that will help you drive. Though a Driver Assessment Center “prescription” is not necessary for most equipment reimbursement, it is required for equipment that is not typically considered adaptive equipment.
We've provided a list of Driver Assessment Centers near you in your state's Mobility Resource Guide.
Once your vehicle is modified, it's important to receive training on how to use your adaptive equipment, even if you're an experienced driver. For best results, please consider enrolling in a driver education course.
Simply contact your local Driver Assessment Center for driver education classes near you.
There may be requirements for driving with adaptive equipment in your state which can influence the steps you must take to acquire, or renew, your driver's license. Many states require you to report any changes in physical condition that can affect your ability to drive, with or without adaptive equipment.
Driving laws vary from state to state, so check with your state motor vehicle agency to learn what you need to do to become, or remain, a legal driver.
As with all drivers, failure to comply with state licensing laws can threaten your driving privileges.