Handicapped Vehicle Conversions

Written by Sierra Rein
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Selecting the best van out of all the handicapped vehicle conversions on the market today is almost a science. Careful consideration of a number of different factors come into play when shopping for the best accessible vehicle. For complete safety and comfort, these should be strictly adhered to.

Most handicapped vehicle conversions are modified with at least four different areas in mind. These are creating enough room within the vehicle for full wheelchair mobility, installing a lift that is strong enough to help a chair into and out of the doors, a driver's seat lock-down mechanism to secure the wheelchair and a steering wheel complete with full hand brake and gas controls. The size, shape and functions of these items depend largely on the individual buyer and his or her physical needs.

In order to assess these needs, it is best to go to a professional evaluator, one who will be able to make a list of the best equipment to get for the vehicle as well as how to find driver's education for handicapped vehicle conversions. Once this is done, you can take this list directly to the manufacturer or dealer to discuss which vans fit the items on the list. If there is nothing exactly fitting your needs, you can purchase something close and refit it to your specifications.

Financial Aid for Handicapped Vehicle Conversions

There are many services that offer a number of different funding options for those interested in purchasing a handicap conversion van or car. Insurance companies, local veterans departments and state rehabilitation agencies all have financial aid programs to help individuals with the cost of purchasing or augmenting a handicap conversion vehicle. Make sure to check with your local manufacturing company regarding reimbursements and sales tax refunds as well.

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I, too, think that anyone painnlng a building or streets ought to be forced to spend time in a wheelchair just to see how hard it is to negotiate what they think is "accessible".My mother walks with a cane and needs help with doors, etc. Even as someone who has to assist someone less mobile I find it difficult to get doors open, get my Mom through it AND me without the door swinging back on us. Doors are too heavy and not wide enough to accommodate both of us and handles are often difficult to use or even trap your hand while trying to pull open at the angle necessary....In the UK, I found that there were many modern buildings with tiny double doors, sort of like glass saloon doors, which you have to pull open at the same time and since I was pregnant I had to struggle through. At the Courtauld Gallery, in London, I was struggling through the these silly doors and two of the people at the counter was LAUGHING at me! I should have made a complaint, not just about them laughing at me but for the fact that someone who was using a cane crutches or in a wheelchair would have found it impossible to get in the doors.