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Driving aids for drivers with disabilities

Patsy Westcott / 07 October 2015 ( 30 August 2017 )

Drivers with disabilities or chronic health problems can have problems with the accessibility of their car. Here are some top driving aids to help make driving easier.

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There are various adaptations that can be made to cars to make life easier

Staying behind the wheel can affect everything from a person being able to live alone or stay in their own home, to visiting friends and family. But chronic health problems, such as arthritis and back pain, can throw a spanner in the works.

The good news is there are various adaptations that can be made to cars to make life easier, such as fitting a semi-automatic clutch, which allows drivers to use a manual gearbox without a clutch pedal, and power-assisted steering, as well as loads of helpful products that can help to keep drivers on the road. 

Read our guide to driving after your 70th birthday.

Adjustable mirrors

Adjustable mirrors cost just a few pounds and can be stuck onto the car’s wing mirrors for extra vision. They can also be attached to rear-view mirrors, which is ideal for people who may have trouble moving their neck.

Gadgets to help you get out and about.

Back support

Drivers suffering from back pain can get in-car back supports for around £35.

5 self-help tips for relieving lower back pain. 

Easy-release gearsticks

Conventional gearsticks can be stiff and difficult to move for people with chronic health problems such as arthritis.  Easy-release gearsticks are available for around £70.

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Swivel cushions

Swivel cushions can make getting in and out of the car much easier and can also give drivers a better view of the road. Swivel cushions cost around £20.

Swivel chairs

Drivers with severe mobility difficulties can get swivel chair. These can swing out and over the sill of the car, making it much easier to get in. Swivel chairs cost around £1,500.

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