What do I do with a car when I ended up in a wheelchair?
Depending on a make and model you can modify your car to be wheelchair accessible. Though adaptive equipment is a necessity in this predicament and all the changes might be very costly. Good news that the government has programs that cover some percentage of these modifications so you should look into that as well prior to buying a vehicle.
Are there any programs that can help you with installing expensive adaptive equipment?
Almost every car manufacturer has that kind of programs. For instance, Honda, GM and Ford are offering up to a thousand dollars reimbursement for people with permanent disability, installing adaptive equipment on their cars.
What are the most important things to keep in mind while choosing the wheelchair accessible vehicle?
You have to keep in mind that certain characteristics are critical in this predicament. Height of the cabin is important so that the person has enough room. Removable front seat for extra room to be closer to the steering column. If you do not have a foldable wheelchair, you need reliable anchor point to tie down the wheelchair to prevent it from moving. There are many more things to consider when purchasing wheelchair accessible vehicle. I am talking about them in my blog posts.
What do I start with when I want to buy a wheelchair accessible vehicle?
To start with, I would like to pinpoint few main features that a car for a person on a wheelchair should have:
- Keyless ignition system
- Automatic transmission
- Easy-to-see controls
- Automatic windows and locks
- Remote start
- Adjustable pedals
Generally what is the best type of vehicle for a person on a wheelchair?
Wheelchair minivan appears to be the best wheelchair vehicle. The benefits include lots of room inside, well-thought wheelchair access, good height of the car, top safety rating, efficient gas consumption and they are very affordable on to of everything else. When choosing a vehicle you will have plenty of options such as side or rear entry. They are all equipped with either power or manual ramp for your wheelchair. Due to the low center of gravity they are easy to drive and are good on gas. In addition to that, we advise you to look up the vehicles offered by AMS Vans as they already come equipped with the system that expands the ramp 4 inches. This feature makes this vehicle to stand out on the market.
I always loved to go off-roading. Is it still possible for me?
In fact, it is very possible. If you are still planning to conquer the off-roading trails and routes, you might want to take into consideration an EcoDiesel option that gives you lots of torque. In this case our top choice is Jeep Grand Cherokee with Chrysler Group’s reimbursement program.
Does the installed equipment have to be certified?
Yes, you are better off going for certified equipment as it might affect your insurance and car warranty. Be advised that the laws and standards differ in each country so make sure you double check the information on your government website.