Start looking into your options for getting back to driving, an important part of independence and a necessity for most of us.
- Your own vehicle can be modified with hand controls or wheel chair ramps. Accessible vehicles are also available.
- Depending on the level of your loss, your transportation needs may not be impacted.
- If you are a bilateral lower extremity amputee you can still drive using hand controls.
- If you are a unilateral lower extremity amputee you may need to consider repositioning the gas pedal. Some people try to use their opposite/left foot on the gas pedal, but the twisting required is hard on your back and could cause pain or permanent damage.
- If you are a bilateral upper or lower extremity amputee, you may have to reinstate your license by taking behind-the-wheel and driver’s tests.
- Consider short-term versus long-term needs.
- Contact your local DMV to get a handicap placard before you leave the hospital. It will make it easier to get around when you are ready to get out and about.
- Long term, you can look into getting a handicap license plate if needed.
- In some cases, you may have to get your license reinstated. Check with your local DMV about your license status.
“When two people walked into my hospital room and I didn’t realize they were missing limbs, that was a huge, huge turning point for me. That’s when I knew I was going to be okay.”