TRACKER supports Bristol stroke survivor on road to recovery
Date: 11 August 2016
When Eddie Ruskin from Chipping Sodbury, suffered multiple strokes one evening after work and a subsequent brain haemorrhage, he was told by doctors that he would not walk or drive again. Eddie, a motoring enthusiast who owns a car restoration business, was determined to learn to walk and get back on the road again; within just twelve months he achieved just that. Today, Eddie is helping other stroke survivors get back on the road by sharing his experiences, determination and offering advice. Recognising his fantastic work, TRACKER has fitted Eddie’s specialist vehicle with its stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) technology to provide peace of mind that police will recover his vehicle if he ever becomes a victim of car theft.
"I was told that I would never walk, drive or work again, life as I knew it was over," explains Eddie. "Only 30% of stroke survivors ever drive again, but two months later I was walking with a stick and five months on I was deemed safe to drive. I approached ROSPA advanced drivers and passed my test after only eight weeks and then went on to pass the Institute of Advanced Drivers (IAM) test with a Distinction - the highest road driving qualification.
"After all this training, I realised how much the car has helped with my recovery from the strokes. Focusing on driving again has really helped me battle back to health. In addition, as my car is modified for one-handed driving, I would be lost if it was stolen. It has become so much more than just a car.
“Fortunately, I have a contact in the police force, who suggested that I get a stolen vehicle recovery device. TRACKER is the only SVR system used by all police forces in the UK, helping them track and locate stolen vehicles. It’s the perfect peace of mind solution, as it means my car is much more likely to be recovered if it's stolen. I now have a TRACKER fitted and believe that other people should invest in SVR units, especially if their car has been modified in order to support them, it's not so easy, or affordable, to replace."
Adrian Davenport, Police Liaison Manager at TRACKER comments, "Eddie's determination means that he's made a remarkable recovery, allowing him to get back on the road and now he is working with other stroke survivors to help them drive again. This story highlights just how important a modified car can be for motorists with restricted mobility, offering them the independence many people take for granted. We are supporting Eddie as we are very impressed by the work he does to help other stroke survivors and disabled drivers to build on their road skills and confidence.
"Although TRACKER won't prevent a car from being stolen, it significantly increases the chances of police locating and recovering that vehicle, making it a vital security measure for any drivers wanting to reduce the risk of losing their car to thieves."
Unlike other devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate stolen vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container. TRACKER has been reuniting car lovers with their vehicles for more than 20 years, and it’s this expertise which makes TRACKER the leader in stolen vehicle recovery. TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there.