driving adaptations

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Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:LOBPI, 4 surgeries
driving adaptations

Post by skcrawford » Sat Jan 18, 2014 5:06 pm

My 16 year old son has a left Brachial Plexus injury from birth. He has started to learn to drive and says he can't keep his left arm on the steering wheel. He is resting it on his left leg and using his left hand for blinkers, and other controls on that side of the steering column. Using only one hand does seem to affect his ability to accurately manipulate the wheel. I've done some searching online and only see adaptive devices for countries other than the US. How have other US teenagers dealt with this? How kind is the DMV re: this kind of injury when taking a driver's test or driver's ed? Thanks in advance.

bill de brooklyn
Joined:Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:49 pm
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:BP injury July 20, 1968 the result of an auto accident(c5). No surgery.

Re: driving adaptations

Post by bill de brooklyn » Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:28 pm

I am not 16 years old but driving with one arm is possible. There are adaptive devices available here in America. Things like "wheel spinners" can be bought on line. wHen I bought my first car the car dealer made the arrangement for adaptive devices to be put on my steering wheel.

Steering Wheel Spinners: http://www.indemedical.com/Automobile_c_102.html

Joined:Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:54 am
Injury Description, Date, extent, surgical intervention etc:i have spinal cord injury.

Re: driving adaptations

Post by lucygray » Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:26 am

hi. i have my 24 year son and his right arm is not working ,so i adopt hand control device to the left hand and now he is comfortable to drive my car with his left hand.This is adjustable device provides by the capital service.