Benefits of a Handicap Van
The market for handicap accessible Vans has grown a lot in recent years and keeps improving, offering a wider variety of vans and at a lower cost compared to some years ago. Many people with disabilities are still unsure if it is worth investing in a Handicap Van and some wheelchair-bound people might not even dare to hope that they themselves could get behind the wheel and as a consequence, gain or get a great deal of independence back.
Transport can be a real daily struggle for people in wheelchairs and those around who assist them. The most important feature of Handicap Vans is the easy accessibility via ramps or lifts. No matter how gladly family members or caregivers help, lifting a wheelchair into a vehicle is not an easy job to do as it is a heavy strain on the back and shoulders and therefore may increase long-term health risks. With a Handicap Van lifting is not necessary anymore and maneuvering a wheelchair into the car is an easy and straightforward process. Depending on the exact van and its features an assisting person may not even be needed for the purpose of getting into the vehicle.
The Feeling of Independence
Not being able to do certain things in life and having to rely on other people for assistance can drain the handicapped person emotionally, because the last thing they wish is to be a burden on anyone else. Being able to get into a vehicle a lot easier and even being able to drive independently will undoubtedly create a new or regained sense of freedom. Even people who cannot walk or even move their feet can drive on their own in certain vans, where all controls, such as acceleration and braking are installed directly by the steering wheel.
Not everyone needs every feature that is generally being offered on the market. Just as with every other type of car, Handicap Vans can vary a lot in their specific design and can be personalized according to the buyer's very own needs and preferences. If the preferred car dealer doesn't have the specific car you are looking for and does not offer the exact conversion you need, there are companies specialized in the conversion of still unconverted vans into vans with whatever feature it is that the customer needs.
So much care is being put into the design of wheelchair accessible vans, which means a high standard of security is guaranteed. The quality of the equipment used is usually higher than that of other cars, ranging from a more robust floor to a very robust frame. The ramps and lifts used for the entry are safe and easy to use, both for the person in the wheelchair as well as for the person who might assist and can generally withstand a weight of up to 800 lbs.
Handicap Vans have evolved a lot and don't necessarily stand out from the car crowd in a negative or obvious way. Many established car manufacturers offer conversions of their popular van models into Handicap Vans, which means that you can chose out of a wide variety of stylish car models.