Driving after Amputation: Mobility Equipment for Amputees

Driving after amputation is possible with the right equipment and vehicle modifications

After a limb has been amputated, for any reason, a person is typically not able to drive an automobile the same way they did before. However, there are several adaptive devices that can enable an amputee to continue driving and maintain his or her independence. The site of amputation(s) will determine exactly what type of vehicle an amputee is able to drive, and what other types of adaptive equipment will be necessary. Here is a general overview of the various amputations and what equipment might be necessary with each one:

RIGHT LEG

  • Hand Controls

  • Automatic Transmission

  • Power Braking


BOTH LEGS

EITHER ARM

  • Automatic Transmission

  • Steering Device

  • Reduced Effort Steering

  • Modified Gear Shifter

  • Modified Secondary Controls (turn signals, dimmers)


Not every vehicle can be modified appropriately, and if the amputee is also a permanent wheelchair user a lowered floor minivan may be their only option. That is why it is necessary to first be evaluated by a driver rehab specialist and then follow up with a certified mobility specialist to look at all of your adaptive equipment options as recommended by your driving evaluator.

M.C. Mobility Systems sells and installs all of the above equipment. Set up an appointment to meet with a mobility specialist today and let us help you regain your independence after amputation.