Handicapped Lift Vans

Written by Sierra Rein
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Studies show that handicapped lift vans are the most popular form of transportation of persons with disabilities. According to the NHTSA, 29% of adapted vehicles are accessible passenger vans, while 24% percent are mini-vans. Thus, almost half of all private handicapped vehicles on the road are in van form.

Handicapped lift vans are different from storage vehicles in that they are able to lift both wheelchair and its occupant into the vehicles through powered mechanisms. Some allow able-bodied people to then lift themselves into the driver's seat, while others include power tie-down areas to secure the wheelchair itself into the driver's area. Custom-developed driving and steering controls also allow para and quadriplegics the ability to drive without the need of foot gas and brake pedals.

Many state and federal aid departments offer financial help to qualified people of disabilities. This is particularly important for those who may not think they can afford handicapped lift vans. Contacting your insurance company, local state rehabilitation service and veterans agencies and automobile manufacturers will help you find the funding you need to afford a properly equipped lift van.

Shopping Sources for Handicapped Lift Vans

Local and city auto dealers may be the first source to contact regarding handicapped vehicles. However, some of the best disabled resources can be found through Internet shopping sites made specially for handicapped vehicles. Large inventories of used and new lift vans are available in addition to contact information for those who wish to order custom conversion vans as well.

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