Handicap Vehicles

Written by Sierra Rein
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Before handicap vehicles were introduced into the market in the late 1970s, persons with disabilities were often left out of a lot of social situations. They could not travel to parties, sporting events, graduations and picnics without asking someone to help them in and out of a passenger car. Plus, those who no longer had control of their feet and legs could not work the gas and brake safely enough to drive themselves.

With the invention of new technologies and strong advocation power from handicap rights groups, car companies began manufacturing larger, more accessible vans and mini-vans as handicap vehicles for people in wheelchairs. Ramp and lift businesses began improving the style and strengths of their products, resulting in loading mechanisms that were easy to use and efficient. People in wheelchairs and scooters could now lift themselves into their vans to be easily transported from one location to the next.

Soon after that, new steering, gas and braking controls were invented to allow people in wheelchairs to drive handicap vehicles without the need for foot petals. Hand pads and levers were placed within reach of the steering wheel column, making full control of the vehicle safe and easy. If the individual did not have full motion of his hands, special steering rods were placed in the wheel so that he could still move it with 360 degree capacity.

The Style and Comfort of Modern Handicap Vehicles

Compared to today's normally rigged passenger vehicles, handicap accessible vans and trucks can match them point for point in reliability, elegance and luxury. The same Daimler Chrysler and Ford mini-vans which are purchased for large families and businesses can be purchased for use by a person with disabilities. These can arrive to one's door fully equipped with the latest power and remote control technologies, DVD and sound options and safety features.


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