While handicapped vans are more popular among those with mobility issues, they are not the only way for the handicapped to travel. Depending on the severity of an individual’s mobility issues, a handicapped car can be a sensible mode of transportation as well.
As is the case with buying a van, there are many different factors you’ll want to look into when searching for the best handicapped car to suit your lifestyle.
Controls: Modified controls within a handicapped car should be large and easy to use. Some models even have touch screen to make things much easier. Additionally, any controls for the locks and windows should be automatic.
Entry: Most cars won’t offer the same ease-of-access that vans do. Still, handicapped cars typically come with some form of keyless entry or a modification to the door that makes getting in and out of the car much easier.
Space: How much space is in the car? Do you have enough height and room to move around? Do you need any modifications that will accommodate your wheelchair?
Seats: If possible, you may want to look into getting a handicapped car that has a bench seat rather than two separate seats. These seats tend to make more room and are much more comfortable for those with disabilities. They should also come with power controls that allow the driver to adjust the seat for their maximum comfort.
Cruise Control: Handicapped cars are much more convenient when they come with cruise control. This makes the process of driving much easier on the handicapped individual.
Safety Features: You’ll want standard safety features on your handicapped car, just as you would with a normal car. Make sure your handicapped car comes equipped with airbags and anti-lock brakes.
Transmission: Most important of all, a handicapped car should always be an automatic. Manual transmissions only add more difficulty for the driver and can cause frustration and accidents.
This may seem like a lot to look for, but if you visit a car lot with a plan already set in place, you’ll be sure to find the appropriate handicapped car for you.