Top Five Things to Consider When Choosing an Accessible Vehicle
You have a lot of options when it comes to choosing the best mobility option for your personal needs. Consider the following points as you begin your search!
Different mobility challenges, different solutions
Your perfect mobility fit depends on a number of factors, especially how serious your mobility challenges are. If you have very limited mobility, a vehicle that allows you to travel from your wheelchair will be necessary. If you have more strength, you may be able to use a transfer seat or wheelchair stowage lift instead.
Convenience reigns supreme
One of the biggest perks of a wheelchair accessible vehicle? The convenience. No more time spent transferring into a vehicle or breaking down and packing a wheelchair. With an accessible van, you can operate the ramp with a remote control and wheel right into position, saving time and headaches for all.
Shop for your current AND your future needs
Many wheelchair users live with conditions like multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy that may result in diminishing strength and mobility as years go by. For those individuals, it’s critical to consider not only what your needs are today, but 5, 10 or 15 years down the road as well. Maybe an accessible van doesn’t seem necessary today, but purchasing a vehicle that will continue to work for you no matter the progression of your condition saves time and headaches in the long run.
Remember to consider weather conditions
If you are especially sensitive to severe heat or cold, a wheelchair accessible vehicle can be a huge advantage to help you save minutes in the rain, snow or heat as you transfer into a vehicle or load/unload a wheelchair.
Make sure you have the help of a mobility specialist
It’s impossible to overstate the importance of working with a Certified Mobility Consultant when shopping for mobility equipment. The guidance they provide is essential to make sure you’re introduced to the variety of products out there, and ultimately guided to the one that will make the biggest difference in your life. Doing your homework up front is important, but nothing beats experiencing the vehicle or product for yourself. It is critical to know that you and everyone else in the vehicle will be comfortable and satisfied.