As we get older, arthritis and other conditions can make driving more difficult. The good news? Many drivers can overcome limitations through the use of vehicle modifications and specialized training.
Decreased vision, impaired hearing, slower motor reflexes and certain diseases that become more common as we age can make driving unsafe. Aging can also affect a driver’s strength, coordination and flexibility, which can make it harder to safely control a vehicle, too.
Through the Tidelands Health driver rehabilitation program, which is led by certified driver rehabilitation specialist Ian McClure, many people struggling with age-related health conditions can learn how to continue driving safely.
“Issues we commonly see include the inability to grab the steering wheel or fully turn it or difficulties with secondary knobs or switches,” says McClure, one of only a few certified driver rehabilitations specialists in South Carolina. “Fortunately, these things can be addressed with vehicle modifications and adaptations.”