Q. As a reader of your columns and a mid-level quad, I’d be interested in your thoughts on the decision to drive, or not. I don’t drive and am constantly being told that I should. Sometimes I feel almost guilty about not driving. I would love to drive, but only if I felt like I was doing so at the same, or near the same, level of competence I did prior to my injury. I was driving when the accident happened that left me paralyzed. It was a no-fault accident and, from what I know, I didn’t do anything wrong. Luckily, no one else was seriously hurt.
I have met similarly injured quads who drive and it seems like they are driving at a reduced level of control. I can’t do that. I can’t imagine jeopardizing the lives of others for my own benefit. I know that sounds like an excuse/self-justification, but it is a very real feeling.
Since I am unable to transfer independently and have reduced strength and dexterity in my arms, I’m interested to know if there are controls available that will allow me to drive safely; also, cost information. Are joystick-type controls available, and affordable, for someone in my situation? Thanks for any information you can provide.
— Wavering on the shoul