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Will I need special equipment to help me drive if I have multiple sclerosis?

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Many people need equipment to help them drive better. It’s a good idea to get checked before you buy a car so you know what kind of vehicle or gear you might need. Hand controls for the gas and brake are common car modifications. Others are:

  • Knobs or handles to help you steer
  • Larger mirrors
  • Seats that help you get in and out
  • Lifts for stowing gear
  • Ramps or lifts for a wheelchair You’ll need training to learn how to use this equipment, and you’ll take a road test after you learn.

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence: “Driving and MS.”

Rosalind Kalb, PhD, vice president, healthcare information and resources, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Driving with Multiple Sclerosis: Managing Major Changes.”

Reviewed by Heather Melendez on August 9, 2020

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence: “Driving and MS.”

Rosalind Kalb, PhD, vice president, healthcare information and resources, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “Driving with Multiple Sclerosis: Managing Major Changes.”

Reviewed by Heather Melendez on August 9, 2020

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