Cars are symbols of independence for many people, including folks with disabilities. According to the U.S. Board of Transportation, at least 9 percent of Americans ages 5 and older have travel-limiting conditions, but travel is possible and beneficial for many physically disabled Americans.
If you have a physical disability, you may have found car trips to be frustrating or overly complicated. With some experimentation, you can still find ways to make travel more bearable. Car trips can be fun and freeing — with the appropriate planning and processes for your body.
This guide to car travel with physical disabilities explains the basics of car travel if you or a companion have a physical disability such as arthritis, back pain, paralysis, limited mobility, weight issues, spastic cerebral palsy, or circulation disorders. With an accessible vehicle, mobility devices, and planning, you can travel easier in recreational vehicles even if you have physical disabilities.