Driving Mobility, a charity that helps disabled people to access assisted driving, is to expand its UK network of driving centres with a modern new facility in Manchester.
The group accredits a UK network of 20 independent organisations which offer professional support and driving assessments to people who need to gain, or retain, the ability to drive following a diagnosis involving impairment or disability.
RDAC is part of the Driving Mobility network and will operate the new centre, providing assessments for older and disabled drivers, passengers, motorcyclists and mobility scooter or wheelchair users.
Within its services, practical advice is given regarding appropriate driving adaptations, WAVs and specialist tuition so that domestic and professional drivers can remain independent and safe.
The new, custom-built RDAC centre in Salford represents a ‘flagship’ modern facility servicing people from Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire.
The new centre has good access and transport links with off-road assessment areas for non-licence holders.
Other ancillary services include Tryb4uFly cabin assessments to help with accessible air travel, and guidance regarding specialist car seats for disabled children.
Sean Barratt, assessment team manager, directs a team of driving instructors, OTs and administrative staff.
He said the centres “modern facilities” will make a “huge difference” to service users looking to regain their driving independence.
“I would like to invite everyone with an interest in assisted motoring to attend our official launch day.
“We have an impressive range of features planned including the opportunity to test drive adapted cars from our specialist fleet.
“We will be welcoming several VIPs including senior representatives from the Department for Transport and Driving Mobility.
“RDAC is all about restoring confidence and improving safety – we strive to help as many people as possible to regain driving independence.
“We have a fully accessible indoor assessment zone so that vehicles can be driven into the Centre for demonstrations and discussions whatever the weather. This is a major advantage, especially during the winter months, making appointments to discuss driving adaptations far more engaging.”