Project Drive For Freedom – Part 1

After I got back from Tokyo I began to see how important mobility is for me to live a fulfilling life. The ease of moving around in Tokyo and the totally accessible public transport there made me realise how restricted I was back home.

For most part of the last twenty two years, I had depended on transport from family and friends whenever I needed to go out. That was also subject to the availability of their time. On many occasions I had to forgo attending functions because no one was available to take me there.

A few months ago, I saw a friend who had more severe physical impairment than me drive a car. There and then, I knew that it was something that I can do and wanted to do. The other factor that influenced me was the hand control kit that my good friend Christine was using. It was a single push pull control that allowed her to drive with ease.

Over a period of one month after that, I went around car showrooms in Penang, looking for a car with automatic transmission that I can get in and out with ease. That was the most important criteria. Next was affordability followed by aesthetics.

Nissan Sentra was my first choice although I could hardly afford the monthly instalments. However, that was the least of my problems. I am a tall person with long limbs. The distance between the steering wheel and the seat was too close for comfort. I had difficulty getting my legs into the car after transferring to the seat from my wheelchair.

… to be continued.

Related entries:
Answer Me This
First Step Of Another Journey
Test Driving The Civic
My Dream Ride
Reclaiming My Life

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.