Driving Controls – Mechanical
GT Mobility and any certified Rehab Driving Specialist can take the steps needed to make sure that you get back out on the road safely with your van conversion, wheelchair lift, scooter lift, tie downs, hand controls or other adaptive equipment.
GT Mobility and most funding agencies require that a person receive driver evaluation and training whenever steering, accelerator or braking modifications are to be installed in a person’s vehicle. This evaluation can be done by a Rehab Driving Specialist, so that a sound judgment can be made about the person’s ability to drive and what hand controls, scooter lifts, tie downs, wheelchair lifts or van conversion he/she needs to do so. In addition, the driver can later change, if circumstances change affecting the skills necessary for independent driving.
When Should A Driver Be Evaluated?
- Inappropriate driving speeds (too fast or too slow)
- Needs help or instructions from passengers
- Doesn’t observe signs or signals
- Slow or poor decisions (poor judge of distances, too close to other cars)
Easily frustrated or confused
- Pattern of getting lost, even in familiar areas
- Accidents or near misses
- Drifting across lane markings, into other lanes
If you, or those who drive with you, notice any of the above warning signs, you may need a driver evaluation. A driver rehabilitation specialist can provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine your ability to drive.
This assessment should include:
- Medical history
- Driving history
- Driver license status, etc.
- Vision Perception
- Functional Ability
- Reaction Time
- Wheelchair Seating as it pertains to the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle
- Behind-the-wheel evaluation in actual conditions using equipment similar to that recommended
Driver Training may be indicated with or without adaptive equipment.
It is provided following successful completion of a driver evaluation. The training program must provide a vehicle that is matched to the driver’s individual needs. The driver training plan must assist the client to develop behind the wheel competency in a full range of roadway environments and provide assistance to obtain or maintain a properly restricted driver’s license. Licensure may or may not be required before vehicle modification recommendations are provided. Some individuals may need additional training in their own vehicle after modifications are completed.