Patients in the program are trained using one of two vehicles equipped with adaptive features. Once a driver has completed the training and passed the state’s road test, adaptive equipment can be installed and integrated on the individual’s personal vehicle.
“What’s changing is how they interface with their vehicle,” McClure says.
Vehicles that feature backup cameras, night-vision systems, alert systems and automatic braking have made driving safer, but some older drivers are intimidated or reject the newer technology because they don’t know how to use it properly, McClure says.
“I’ve found that once we teach them how to use these features, they often love it and ask how to turn it back on,” he says.