It has been said that if we do not drive, we are like those with no legs—yes, zero mobility. Ever experienced athritis attacks and pains while driving? Here’s some good news as you follow along the following tips.
Arthritis and Driving: Tips for Ease
Those suffering from arthritis may find it difficult to walk to the car and back. However, most do not let arthritis stop them from enjoying their life. So, you may head out of the house and hop into your car. This is great, but what if you start experiencing pain? How do you treat it on the road or prevent that pain from coming back the next time?
One way is to keep arthritis pain relievers in the car. In one of your car’s compartments, have a few pain relief supplies on hand. This may include over-the-counter pain pills, a tube of arthritis cream, or on-the-go heat patches.
Whether you experience pain as soon as you get in your car, or later down the road, rely on these over-the-counter products to seek relief. If you live in an area with cold winters, do not keep these items in your car, as they may freeze. Instead, put them in your purse or fanny pack.
Speaking of over-the-counter products, most retail stores sell on-the-go heating patches. These patches stick to your body and warm with skin contact. ThermaCare is a well-known brand.
They are ideal when you can’t use an electric or microwaveable heating pad. If in pain before you leave the house, apply an on-the-go heated patch. Relief will last for up to 12 hours. Since they stick directly on to the skin, no adjustments should be needed.
Buy a remote car starter. If you live in the northern United States, it’s important to warm your car first. Unfortunately, this may mean an extra trip back and forth. It doesn’t have to. Instead, purchase a remote car starter.
This device allows you to start and warm your car from inside your home. They also make it easier to unlock car doors. Instead of fumbling with the keys, push the button and your car doors unlock! When buying a remote car starter, look for stores that offer free or discounted installation.
Buy no slip steering wheel covers. Those who suffer from arthritis of the fingers, dread driving. In fact, some may fear the danger they put themselves and others in. If you find it difficult to grip your car’s steering wheel, make a new purchase. That purchase should be an easy grip and non-slip steering wheel cover. Ask a store employee, family member, or friend to install the cover for you.
Keep a jar opener in the car. If you have arthritis of the hands, you likely already utilize rubber jar openers at home. They make gripping, twisting, and turning easier. Keep one in your car. Use it to unscrew your car’s gas cap.
You can also find arthritis gas cap wrenches available for sale. They slip over your gas cap and have an extended and easy grip handle. These are nice, but they can be hard to find. For the same price, you could easily buy 20 rubber jar openers, which accomplish the same goal.
Keep your car well gassed. As previously stated, there are tools available to make opening and losing the gas cap easier. Even with these tools, it can still be difficult and painful. To prevent the onset of pain, always have a full tank of gas in your car. You won’t be forced to put gas in when you are already in pain or more susceptible to it. If you have a full-service gas station in your area, use it.
As you can see, there are many steps that you can take to ease travel and car use. Just because you suffer from arthritis and are prone to pain, it does not mean you need to live your life in fear.
Implement the above-mentioned steps to reduce pain. If and when it does arrive, turn to your stash of over-the-counter arthritis care products to seek relief. Driving with ease is helpful. But more to that is our safety. This article is superb:
Safe driving with arthritis – an article from painACTION
Driving is an important part of daily living. It allows us to stay active, be independent, and connect with other people. If you have arthritis, you know that driving can be difficult. Arthritis can make it hard to reverse, steer, turn, press the gas and brake pedals, and sit for long periods of time. It’s normal to worry about how your pain and stiffness might affect your driving – but having arthritis doesn’t mean that you have to surrender your car keys! There are many things that you can do to make your driving experience safer for you and your passengers.
Arthritis doesn’t affect everyone the same way, so the first step to safer driving is figuring out how arthritis affects your driving. What part of driving is the hardest for you? What kinds of movements do you find the most challenging? It’s important to discuss these issues with your healthcare provider so that he or she can help you find a solution to the problem.
Finally, Comfort and safety are the most important factors to sonsider. See how we end this blog with the following:
How to Drive Comfortably-and Safely-with Arthritis – Health and …
Pain, fatigue, reduced range of motion in the joints, loss of muscle strength-experiencing any one of these arthritis-related symptoms can make driving challenging.
In fact, according to a study in The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, many drivers with arthritis report that symptoms affect their ability to perform even the most basic driving maneuvers, such as steering, checking blind spots, reversing, and responding to sudden changes. Fortunately, in many cases, there’s no need to give up the car keys.
Although self-driving cars appear to be on the horizon, they’re not an option just yet. In the meantime, by purchasing a vehicle with arthritis-friendly features or by making adaptations, you’ll be able to maintain your independence without putting your safety or that of others at risk.
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