Wheelchair accessible vehicles are vehicles that have been modified with the goal to accommodate a wheelchair. The modifications that are done the most to the vehicle are lowering of the floor, addition of a ramp to enable the wheelchair to be rolled into the van, or sometimes the addition of a small power lift to the wheelchair car or handicap minivan to bring the wheelchair from ground level to the same level as the floor of the vehicle.
There are two types of these vehicles – the first one is the passenger wheelchair van, which allows one or more people to be seated with their wheelchairs, and the wheelchair van where the wheelchair users can drive the van themselves. These vehicles have either a higher roof or a lower floor than the norm. Before choosing the type of vehicle, you should analyze how much space you will need and how many people will be traveling with you on a regular basis. You can also check out the vehicle’s compatibility by practicing entering and exiting the van and if there is enough room for luggage. Seating layouts are different for different wheelchair accessible vehicles. Look at the various options available before making your choice.
Accessible vehicles are available for different wheelchair designs, including side-access wheelchair, rear-access, ramps, lifts, etc. These vehicles for disables are available in many forms, including cars, vans, buses and coaches. Besides, option for driver adaptations are also obtainable that exempts immobile people from being dependent on additional driver. Modifications are available for hand controls, left foot accelerator, pedal modification, park break, seat modification, power steering, wheelchair docking and many more. Certainly, for handicap people these vehicles are very beneficial.
You can add a ramp so that the wheelchairs can enter from the back or side entry, depending on which is easiest at the time, but in some cases the wheelchair user may also be the driver, which then means the vehicle will be adapted in a number of ways, so that it is easy to drive. The accelerator and brake pedals can often be controls via buttons or pulleys, by a system which attaches the pedals to the steering column by pulleys. Steering can also be made easier by adding features to make turning or steering easier. The wheelchair adapted vehicle can often be transferred back to normal without any trouble.
Purchasing a vehicle that is equipped with handicap accessible features or that will be converted can be an overwhelming undertaking, especially because individuals with varying degrees of mobility will have different requirements. These vehicles are quite a bit more expensive than non-accessible vehicles which mean that many people need to finance their investment, but there are lots of payment plans that you can use in order to get the desired wheelchair vans. It is worth it, because most accessible vehicle users will surely tell you that these vehicles give them back the sense of freedom. Giving them back their independence is a great achievement.