Handicap Van Conversions

Written by Sierra Rein
Bookmark and Share

If you are in the market for a wheelchair or scooter-friendly vehicle, there are a number of different companies that handle handicap van conversions. Almost any vehicle can be equipped with safe options for persons with disabilities, from small passenger cars to full-sized vans. Whether you need a chair lift to be installed in your current vehicle, or need to purchase a previously converted van, there are several purchasing options to choose from.

Types of Handicap Van Conversions

The most popular forms of van modifications, according to 2002 questionnaire completed by the NHTSA, are "hand controls, wheelchair securement, automatic door openers, steering control devices, and lifts." Modifications regarding seat belts, increasing head and foot room, and modified switch pads were also extremely popular. Of all the individuals questioned in this survey, 73% felt they were very or extremely safe with these conversions and felt in control of their own driving capabilities.

Some handicap van conversions are simple and only require a few adjustments to the steering gear and brake controls. These types of changes can include installing brake pads into the wheel and remote controls to open powered doors and lifts from either the outside or the inside of the car. Installing zero-effort steering knobs can also allow quadriplegics or those with limited hand motion the ability to maneuver the wheel efficiently and safely.

When a van needs to have a lift or driver's seat securement tie-down rail installed, it often requires heavier conversion engineering skill. The seat must be removed and floor rails installed to allow the wheelchair to be locked into place, while space for the doors and lifts must be cut into the side of the van. All of the above handicap van conversions must be done by a licensed expert who fully understands how to follow established safety guidelines and make the van as secure and safe as possible.


Bookmark and Share

wQvHgRsaDI

Hmm it appears like your site ate my first cmoment (it was extremely long) so I guess I'll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I'm still new to everything. Do you have any tips for novice blog writers? I'd certainly appreciate it.|Woah! I'm really enjoying the template/theme of this site. It's simple, yet effective. A lot of times it's hard to get that perfect balance between superb usability and visual appeal. I must say you have done a excellent job with this. Also, the blog loads extremely fast for me on Internet explorer. Excellent Blog!|Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your webpage? My blog is in the very same area of interest as yours and my users would certainly benefit from some of the information you present here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Many thanks!|Howdy would you mind letting me know which hosting company you're utilizing? I've loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you suggest a good web hosting provider at a reasonable price? Kudos, I appreciate it!|Wonderful blog you have here but I was curious if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics discussed here? I'd really like to be a part of online community where I can get advice from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thanks!|Good day! This is my first cmoment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I really enjoy reading your posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same topics? Thanks!|Do you have a spam problem on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was wanting to know your situation; many of us have developed some nice methods and we are looking to swap solutions with other folks, be sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.