Handicap vans have been giving individuals with disabilities improved access to public places for many years now. Over the years, there have been many new innovations in mobility equipment and in the overall functionality of mobility vans. As a result, today’s handicap vans can be highly customized to meet the needs of individuals. There are many things to consider when purchasing a wheelchair van and tailoring it to your needs.
The first thing that you should consider is whether a minivan or full-size van will serve your needs the best. There are benefits to both of these options. For instance, a minivan is easier to navigate through traffic and to park, and is more fuel efficient than a full-size wheelchair van. However, if you need plenty of room for extra passengers and cargo, a larger full-size van may be the ideal solution.
Once you have chosen the size of the vehicle that will meet your unique needs, it is time to take a closer look at the various types of mobility features currently available. Would you prefer to equip the vehicle with a ramp system or a lift system? Ramp systems are more expensive but offer unrestricted entry and exit from the vehicle. Lift systems offer the convenience of simply maneuvering a wheelchair onto a ramp and then easy access into or out of the vehicle with the push of a button.
Safety features such as wheelchair lock systems are necessary to ensure that the wheelchair occupant and others in the wheelchair van are safe during travel. Driving aids may be necessary if a disabled individual will operate the vehicle. The mobility specialists at Ability Center offers a wide variety of handicap vans and mobility equipment, and are passionate about helping disabled individuals find the customized solutions that they need to achieve greater independence.