Adapt Your Vehicle | Your Driving Needs

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Understanding Your Driving Needs

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:

Assess Your Driving Needs

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:

  • Personal skills: physical capabilities, mental acuity and cognition
  • Behind-the-wheel skills: ability to drive with the recommended adaptive equipment
  • Personal adaptive equipment: type of wheelchair, scooter, etc.

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.

Learn more about Equipment Eligibility

We've provided a list of Driver Assessment Centers near you in your state's Mobility Resource Guide.

Download Resource Guide

Enroll in a Driver Education Class

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.

Learn Your State's Accessibility Driving Laws

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.

Please note:

As with all drivers, failure to comply with state licensing laws can threaten your driving privileges.