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Driving with disability and in car adaptations

Driving with disability and in car adaptations

Driving is an essential skill for most people, providing a sense of freedom and independence. However, some individuals may face physical limitations that make it challenging to operate a vehicle safely. Fortunately, advances in technology have made it possible for people with disabilities to enjoy the benefits of driving through the use of secondary control units.

A secondary control unit (SCU) is an additional set of controls that can be installed in a vehicle to operate essential functions such as the accelerator, brake, and steering wheel. These units are designed to be customized to the specific needs of the driver and can be used in conjunction with other adaptive equipment, such as hand controls, to provide a fully functional driving experience.

One of the most significant advantages of SCUs is that they allow people with disabilities to operate a vehicle safely and comfortably. By customising the controls to suit their individual needs, drivers can control the vehicle with precision, reducing the risk of accidents and improving overall safety on the road. Most SCUs operate via bluetooth link with a wired electrical loom being retro fitted into the cars electrical systems.

SCUs are also ideal for people with limited mobility, as they can be installed in a convenient location within the vehicle, such as on the dashboard or steering wheel. This means that drivers can easily access the controls without having to strain or stretch, making it easier to focus on the road ahead.

Another advantage of SCUs is that they can be easily installed in most vehicles, allowing drivers to use their preferred car or truck. This is particularly beneficial for people who rely on their vehicle for work or other activities and need a reliable mode of transportation that can accommodate their physical limitations. 

Overall, driving with a secondary control unit is an effective solution for people with disabilities who want to maintain their independence and mobility. With customized controls that are easy to use and accessible, drivers can operate a vehicle safely and comfortably, making it possible to enjoy the freedom of the open road. If you or someone you know is interested in using an SCU, consult with a qualified dealer or technician to learn more about the installation process and available options.

Greer's Gears Driving School is fully equipped to help anyone who ie looking to either learn to drive with a disability or resume driving after illness. We are also authorised by the DVSA to conduct driving assessments and can provide official reports to the DVSA after completion of a formal driving assessment with any specific recommendations on vehicle adaptations.