SUVs - Again, Bruno and Harmar models allow interior/exterior auto lift storage of your mobility device. And, the power's in your hands: raise or lower the lift at the touch of a button; as soon as the lift is raised, the power chair/scooter is secured.
Vans - If you have a lot of cabin space in your van, you can pack your power chair there (or in the rear), safe from the elements.
Trucks - Store the scooter in the cab or bed. Much like the SUV/van lifts, you can raise/lower your mobility device with ease.
All cars - Bruno's Signature Turning Seat (101mobility.com/seats.php) can be installed in any vehicle, easing your entry to and exit from the vehicle. The seat can be lowered to the ground so you don't have to climb into your vehicle. It also rotates so you don't have to twist your way into the driver's seat.
Photos and instructional videos on how these lifts operate are available on the 101 Mobility site; (101mobility.com/autolifts.php), then select "more details" under the lift of interest for videos/photos.
Also, an occupational therapist can be your best friend throughout the process of modifying your car and preparing to hit the road once these new devices are in place. Talk to your physician about working with an OT and getting a referral. Read more about the role of OTs in terms of older drivers - and their caregivers - here - www.aota.org/Older-Driver/Consumer.aspx
Tips for Driving Carefully
Keeping that reputation as safer drivers goes beyond the addition of turnout seats and pedal extenders. Check out the CDC's recommendations for protecting yourself and other drivers:
Exercise regularly - it increases your flexibility and strength.
Plan ahead - before you head out, know where you're going and how you're going to get there. And, choose a safe route (well-lighted, easy parking options, etc.).
Don't tailgate (a good rule of thumb for all drivers).
Ask a friend to join you.
Don't drive distracted (i.e. talking on the phone, eating, turning up the radio).
Have your eyes checked - and have a doctor review your medications to be aware of potentially dangerous side effects.
Drive in the daytime if possible, avoid driving in bad weather.
Always remember to buckle up - and, in the words my grandmother unfailingly utters to any of her family members before leaving the house, "Drive carefully."
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