If you or someone in your family relies on a wheelchair to get around, then you will likely need to seek wheelchair accessible vehicles in order to get to appointments and to run errands. When you begin your search, there are some tips to keep in mind so that you get the best vehicle possible and one that is large enough for the wheelchair. You also need to look at vehicles that are comfortable for the person as well as some people might not be able to bend as easily as others because of the handicaps that they have. However, there are some people who can sit in a car like anyone else but only need a wheelchair while they are in the home or while they are around town.
Think about the mobility needs that the person has. If the person can walk and move around with minimal assistance, then you can usually get a standard vehicle with an area on the back for the wheelchair instead of a large van. You need to think about the number of people who will be in the vehicle at one time when you’re traveling. Think about whether the person in the wheelchair will ever drive the vehicle or if the person will always be a passenger.
There are vehicles with ramps on the side as well as those with a ramp on the back. These are ideal for getting someone into and out of the vehicle when the person isn’t able to walk or move around as easily as other passengers. You can also find vehicles that have the back seats removed so that you can position the wheelchair in place to keep it from moving around. Make a list of the needs that you have for the vehicle as well as for the comfort of the passenger. This will make it easier for when you visit a car dealership to find a vehicle. Your budget should also come into play when you begin looking for a vehicle as some of the larger vans are more expensive than other vans and are often much more expensive than a car.