Although a car may not be as handicap accessible as a larger vehicle, like a van, there are a number of handicap accessible car options for people who use a wheelchair. Handicap accessible cars are generally more economical and fuel efficient than other handicap transport vehicles due to their smaller sizes. Handicap accessible cars can be set up to accommodate wheelchair users to drive independently, or to ride comfortably as passengers.
Whether driving the car or traveling along as passengers, it is essential that people who use a wheelchair are safely restrained in the vehicle. Wheelchair restraints offer that security. Wheelchair restraints consists of tracks or bolts on the floor of a handicap accessible vehicle that anchor the wheelchair in place. This keeps the wheelchair from rolling or shifting about during travel. Wheelchair restraints include straps, similar to seat belts, that secure people with a handicap to the wheelchair. Some types of wheelchair restraints are designed for use with a specific type of wheelchair or scooter. Keep this in mind when selecting your handicap vehicle options.
Hand controls are among the most popular car options for people who use a wheelchair because they offer a strong sense of freedom and independence. Hand controls can be designed so that people with severe disabilities, such as paraplegics, can safely operate mobility vehicles. Most hand controls allow people to control the gas and brakes of the car using one hand. Hand controls are designed to meet different levels of physical challenges and needs.
Handicap Accessible Seating
Adaptive seating is one of the most beneficial car options for people who use a wheelchair. Some mobility vehicles are equipped with seats that fold down or detach from the vehicle to provide space for a wheelchair. Other mobility vehicles are designed with transfer seats. A transfer seat allows a person using the type of wheelchair with a drop-down arm rest to slide sideways from the wheelchair into the transfer seat. Handicap accessible seating can be automated to rotate, lower, and lift making it easier for people with a disability to enter and exit the car.
Using a wheelchair does not have to interfere with your ability to travel by car. Make use of handicap accessible car options for people who use a wheelchair.