Disability brings with it a lot of challenges, not least of which is driving.
There are many common challenges that disabled people face on the roads every day. Below are some of the most common.
The Blue Badge Scheme helps disabled drivers in a number of ways, with the most obvious being access to disabled parking spaces. Depending on the severity of the disability a person has, if they’re unable to find a disabled spot then they might not be able to carry out the task they left the house for.
Unfortunately there are people who will park in a disabled space even if they don’t have a disability. Even those that are able to produce a blue badge are sometimes not genuine. For example they might have a badge that’s stolen or fake; or they could be using the badge of friend or relative.
This type of abuse of the Blue Badge Scheme can make the life of genuinely disabled people much more difficult.
Refueling can be another challenge that comes with being a disabled driver. For those who have a disability that means they require assistance with refueling, this can often be a challenge, especially for smaller petrol stations that might only have 1 or 2 people working there. A lot of petrol stations don’t have any clear instructions on how a disabled person should get the attention of a staff member either.
Getting insurance at a reasonable price can be an issue for disabled drivers too. Unfortunately a lot of insurance providers instantly make the assumption that those with modified vehicles are more likely to be involved in accidents that require a claim.
There are a couple of ways to get round this problem though –
- Shop around – One of the best ways to avoid overpaying for car insurance is to shop around. Thankfully it’s very easy to get car insurance quotes now due to the number of insurance comparison services out there. By getting a lot of quotes it ensures that buyers can make an informed decision when it comes to their insurance.
- Motability scheme – The Motability scheme allows people with a disability to lease a car where the tax, insurance and servicing is already taken care of. This is obviously a big advantage and the wide selection of vehicles available on the scheme means it’s suitable for a wide variety of people.