Today, individuals with physical disabilities have far more options when it comes to mobility than ever before. Personal mobility devices like power chairs and scooters make it simpler to get around the home, the yard and even around stores. However, the advent of the handicap van is probably one of the things that has most affected the mobility of those with physical disabilities. If you find yourself in the market for a new wheelchair van, you have quite a few things to consider.
One of the first considerations is going to be the amount the original floor has been dropped. Riders in wheelchairs sit higher than passengers in a standard OEM automobile chair, so you’ll want to make sure that the floor has been dropped sufficiently to offer good headroom and lots of clearance.
You’ll also want to consider the system offered for entering and exiting the vehicle. While handicap lifts were the most common option for handicap van installation in the past, todays’ vans are a bit more complex. For instance, a mobility van outfitted with a power kneeling system allows you to make use of a ramp (either manual or power) that slides out of the vehicle. Of course, wheelchair lifts are also still available, and you’ll find some really innovative designs here, such as fold-up ramps and sliding models.
Finally, you’ll need to make sure that any handicap van that you consider has the safety features and equipment that you need. You will also want to make sure that there are tie down restraints and wheel locks to keep your wheelchair secured while the van is in motion. You might also consider buying a model that features a transfer seat, which will enable you to ride in a comfortable position without the need to worry about securing your chair to the floor. You will find that Access Options supplies you with a wide range of handicap van models from which to choose, with all the accessories and equipment that you need.