Accessible Vans Essentials
Ramps And Lifts
The need to get in and out of the vehicle is necessary for any one constructed to the wheelchair. There has to be a ramp or a lift that gets them in the vehicle and even in the driver’s seat, making it quick and easy for them. They should be manual or automatic because it is inexpensive and takes up less space than those with attached motors and pumps inside, on the side or in the rear. Some cars have a system in which the vehicle lowers itself when the ramp extends, as recommended by associations related to promoting the safety for the disabled. Lifts may be preferred because it saves space, but either form is good.
Seatbelts And Seating
Driving or not, the wheelchair user needs to have their wheels locked in place when the car is in motion. These special seatbelts can be manual tie-downs or electronic restraints. For drivers that have upper body strength but can’t really twist and turn, a turning seat helps, especially for those who suffer from muscular dystrophy. These seats are usually automatic when in use.
Electronic Control Aids
Besides the seating, there is also the control at the wheel. The use of car keys or the turning of the ignition, remote controlled wipers, car horns, and turning signals can also be automated with buttons at the wheel and anything within reach.
Automatic transmission is the standard, but the establishment of ease access to gas, brake and shift for parking and reversing is helpful through extended gear shifts or button systems. There are other special features for quick access such as radio controls and sensory aids. These sensory aids are for the benefit of the drivers with a trouble for hearing and alert them when there is a siren heard nearby. There are also the usual features involved in any car: land departure warning, rear-view camera, blind spot, collision risk, and other automatic features. Stronger, magnifying rear and side view mirrors also help, but their vision must be within the safe, legal standards set by the DMV.
When it comes to wheelchair accessible vehicles, getting one that helps people in many ways is essential, even though the price of one is usually expensive than a regular car. But it’s worth it because it helps the disabled have a normal life and freedom to drive like others. There are plenty of vehicles out there that are wheelchair-friendly and all should be considered before buying one.