Disability Related Buying or Rental Car Considerations:
Day 19 of 30 Day Family Caregiver Series
Here are some things to keep in mind if you are looking to buy, enhance, or rent a car and you need to consider special accommodations:
Angle of the front doors. Some are narrower at the bottom for foot entry.
- Leg room to accommodate supplies for easy access.
- Door handles to grab onto when maneuvering in and out of the car.
- Easy to use seatbelts. We all know how challenging seat belts can get and how much force it can take to actually buckle-up.
- Height of the car. Some need lower cars to get into while others need higher cars for easy access. If possible, have the person test these things when considering a car purchase.
- Customized driving settings.
- Back up camera and distance alerts.
- Easy to open and close doors and trunk.
- Power chair and wheel chair storage and ramp accessibility.
NOTE: A note about disability parking license plate or rear few
If you have one consistently driven car, I recommend getting a disability license plate. It is one less thing to remember and maximizes driving visibility should one forget to remove the placard from the rear view mirror to drive. However, when renting a car, it’s good to have a placard with you.
Next up: Keeping family safe at home
Your turn: Which car tip is the most useful for you? If you were going to look for a car and needed special accommodations, what would be your primary concern? Please comment below!