Driving after Amputation: Mobility Equipment for Amputees

Driving after amputation is possible with the right equipment and vehicle modifications
By: Ann Bransom
March 22, 2011 - PRLog -- After a limb has been amputated, for any reason, a person is typically not able to drive an automobile the same way they did before.  However, there  are several adaptive devices that can enable an amputee to continue driving and maintain his or her independence.  The site of amputation(s) will determine exactly what type of vehicle an amputee is able to drive, and what other types of adaptive equipment will be necessary.  Here is a general overview of the various amputations and what equipment might be necessary with each one:


Hand Controls
Automatic Transmission
Power Braking


Hand Controls for brake and accelerator (http://www.mcmobilitysystems.com/Wheelchair-Van-Hand-Controls.aspx)
Spinner Knob
Automatic Transmission
Emergency Brake Extension
Chest Strap


Automatic Transmission
Steering Device
Reduced Effort Steering
Modified Gear Shifter
Modified Secondary Controls (turn signals, dimmers)

Not every vehicle can be modified appropriately, and if the amputee is also a permanent wheelchair user a (http://www.mcmobilitysystems.com/Wheelchair-Scooter-Accessible-Lowered-Floor-Minivans.aspx) lowered floor minivan may be their only option.  That is why it is necessary to first be evaluated by a driver rehab specialist and then follow up with a certified mobility specialist to look at all of your adaptive equipment options as recommended by your driving evaluator.

M.C. Mobility Systems sells and installs all of the above equipment. (http://blog.mcmobilitysystems.com/make-an-appointment-with-a-mobility-specialist/) Set up an appointment to meet with a mobility specialist today and let us help you regain your independence after amputation.

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About M.C. Mobility Systems: Established in 1985, M.C. Mobility Systems offers wheelchair vans and other mobility equipment. M.C. Mobility’s mission is to offer persons with disabilities the most innovative products and to empower them to make informed purchasing decisions.
Source:Ann Bransom
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