Chris Skinner admits he was scared and nervous. “Naysayers asked why I would do something like this,” he recalls. “Ian just said, ‘Of course, you can do this.’”
First, McClure introduced Chris Skinner to the adaptive equipment, which included hand controls and a touchscreen pad. Then they took a spin around the Skinners’ Myrtle Beach neighborhood.
Gradually, they increased their driving distance and speed, and with every outing Chris Skinner regained confidence and driving skills.
“We drove hundreds of miles in Horry County, starting on the back roads and working up to Ocean Boulevard, Highway 17 and then the bypass at rush hour,” McClure says. “We drove the best and the worst that Myrtle Beach has to offer.”
By April, Chris Skinner was ready to take the driving test. He recalls, “Ian had been pretty laid back during our lessons. But, man, that test was intense. I was more than a little nervous.”
He passed the test, and on April 27, McClure, who is authorized by the state to conduct official road tests, signed off for Chris Skinner. The next step was to outfit Chris Skinner’s Toyota Sienna minivan with the adaptive equipment, which was done in Marietta, Ga.