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Planning A Road Trip - Travel for drivers with mobility challenges

Time For A Road Trip?

Who doesn’t love a road trip, right? There are so many different types of people out there struggling with mobility challenges.

So I want you to understand whom I am gearing this article for. This way you don’t spend a lot of time reading something that isn’t relevant.

Before we get into how to prepare for a roadtrip I am assuming 3 things about you;

  1. You’re either a person with mobility challenges, the caretaker, family member or friend of someone with mobility challenges or someone in the industry
  2. Your mobility challenges requires special equipment to get around
  3. You’re considering a roadtrip

OK, if you are still with me then let’s get started.

Taking a road trip for you means being ready for almost anything. A simple roadside breakdown could potentialy be life threatening.

I get it and that is why this article was written for you.

It doesn’t matter if you are adventurous or a little more timid. We are going attempt to consider every potential situation.

For more on whether you are adventurous or timid … take this short quiz.

So You Want To Go On A Road Trip?

Who doesn’t love a road trip? You may be the more adventurous type, simply hitting the road with only your lodging and major attractions planned, or you may prefer to plan every detail of the trip. Either way, hitting the road and seeing new sites is exciting!

As a traveler with mobility challenges, you need to take into consideration a number of things to make your trip successful. In this guide we will be giving you a lot of resources to help you plan and prepare for safe travel. Even with good planning there are things that can come up. We hope this guide helps you to have a trip full of adventure and great memories.

Ultimately we want to help your trip be smooth sailing, even if you hit a bump or two along the way.

Pre-Travel Checklist

Emergency Roadside Assistance

Part of any Road Warrior’s arsenal will be having a comprehensive coverage for roadside emergencies. I know I am biased when I say this but I don’t believe you will find a better service then what they offer at Mobility Roadside Assistance. What they do is more of a holistic approach. They believe it is not enough to just get you roadside service, anyone can do that, they also offer paratransit assistance for you and all of your passengers can be safe.

No matter where you of throughout the US and Canada. If you have a roadside emergency they send out a paratransit team along with a tow truck. You and your passengers will not be left stranded or alone on the side of the road.

Lets face it breakdowns happen to even the most prepared road warriors. Very few tow truck  providers have the ability to help mobility challenges drivers or passengers which means your typical towing service may need to leave you stranded on the side of the road while your vehicle is towed to a service location for repairs!

Check Your Health Insurance

Make sure you know what hospitals or health centers there are along the way and check your insurance plan
to make sure they are accepted and within network whenever possible. If it makes sense, create a short medical history sheet to help in an emergency situation.

Know Your Limits

If this is your first road trip you need to take it easy so that you can identify what your limits are. Maybe start with a short trip of under 3 hours to get acquainted with your limits. 

Get A National Parks Access Pass

If you plan to do any sightseeing within the National Parks System, get an Access Pass to the National
Parks. There is more information on this at the
National Parks website. To get the pass you can apply here


For some additional resources checkout the following research I did on what others are writing and doing to help with accessible travel. Including a 9 part comprehensive guide to special needs travel that was thoughtfully researched and written by Tzvi Schectman at FriednshipCircle.org.

I also found the folks at Disability Travel have done a fantastic job of researching and writing articles on accessible travel.
For more help with accessible travel here are a few more resources I found in my research;

Websites for Wheelchair Accessible Travel in the US

Accessible Travel San Diego

Accessible Travel – New England States

Accessible Travel Hawaii

Accessible Travel Blogs and News