Part of the Driving Mobility charity network, Derby DrivAbility, recently showcased its driving assessment and mobility services to a number of the industry’s healthcare professionals as well as the general public.
Derby DrivAbility offers professional driving assessments to people who need to gain, or retain, the ability to drive following a diagnosis involving impairment or disability.
Its first open day at the new premises provided the opportunity for professionals and users to discover the range of services on offer and see the latest adaptations for assisted motoring.
The event was supported by specialist manufacturers demonstrating accessible and drive-from-wheelchair vehicles alongside adapted driving controls, car boot hoists and passenger solutions.
Sirus Automotive, Allied Mobility, Des Gosling Mobility and Autochair were able to explain to attendees the value of their assistive solutions and how they work closely with Derby DrivAbility.
Visitors to the open day were able to discuss individual adapted driving needs on a one-to-one basis with DrivAbility representatives.
Whether it was for personal needs, a provisional driver or client in care, visitors could view, assess and discuss the benefits and suitability of adapted controls and equipment such as left-foot accelerators, steering aids, assistive hand controls, ring accelerators and rotating passenger car seats and scooter hoists.
Liz Whiteman, centre manager, said: “The exhibits from external manufacturers added to the value of visiting – we would like to thank them for their support.
“On a lighter note, it was fun to watch the competitive side of many of our visitors in an attempt to see who could produce the quickest reaction times on the static assessment rig.”