Drivers with ASD like to have every detail in place in accordance with their personal preferences. They want to change things precisely like the climate control and the radio. These changes allow for comfort and, therefore, enjoyment while driving.
However, one thing to note is that the drivers may have trouble changing these things while they drive. The best thing to do is to make adjustments before the car rolls.
Here is a brief list of suggestions for the ASD driver to feel comfortable in their vehicle in order for them to focus only on the road while driving:
- Take any items out of pockets and find places for them in the car so that they are secure, but safely out of the driver’s way;
- Always wear a seatbelt, no matter what! Make sure that the driver adjusts the strap so that it is not painful or itchy;
- Purchase a solar shield that specifically fits the car and use the air conditioning during the hot days. Not anybody, especially an ASD driver who has sensory hypersensitivity, could bear to sit in a car with an excessively hot interior. During the warmer weather, use a solar shield and crank up the air conditioning to eliminate stifling heat; then drive when the inside cools down. The opposites apply to cold weather.
- Study the car and determine where all of the switches and buttons are so that the driver can quickly adjust while driving. It always helps to know where to find all of the specific gizmos in a car so that the driver can push the buttons without looking at them for more than a split second. Further, such features on the dashboard particularly intrigue ASD drivers, considering that they always feel compelled to know EVERY detail about their vehicle. Simply allow the driver to examine the car’s interior and to experiment with all of the various gizmos.
These constitute four of many things that certainly ensure driver comfort. The note to drivers is to identify what offers comfort and what does not and to always feel comfortable behind the wheel.