With the increasing sensibility about people who are bound to wheelchairs, the automobile industry has come up with great options that make it easy for these people to travel. With the availability of different kinds of such vehicles, people can be easily accommodated inside while seated in their wheelchairs. Such wheelchair accessible vehicles are also known as mobility vehicles and allow wheelchair-bound person to travel with their families.
These vehicles are extremely popular and are widely used for both private and commercial use. Many agencies provide different types of these vehicles, depending on the requirement of the clients. Let us have a look at some distinct types of mobility vehicles that are easily available.
The most commonly used mobility vehicles are passenger vehicles where the wheelchair-bound person can access the vehicle and be accommodated inside while sitting in the wheelchair. Typically, these vehicles have a special seating arrangement that leaves enough space for accommodating the wheelchair. Safety features like seat belts etc. are also arranged accordingly.
Wheelchair driving vehicles
Depending on the physical disability, the affected person may still be able to drive a vehicle if it is modified. In such cases, special wheelchair accessible vehicles are arranged, which have the provision of allowing the wheelchair-bound person to drive the vehicle. These vehicles usually have space for stowing the wheelchair and a mechanised sitting arrangement where the person can sit and drive. This mechanised seat allows the driver to adjust the height, rotation and elevation.
Front seating vehicles
In many cases, the wheelchair-bound person may wish to sit alongside the driver. For such people, vehicles with front wheelchair seating option are available. Many a time, the driving seat of these vehicles is also mechanised so that the wheelchair-bound person may drive them if and when needed.However, these vehicles come at a higher cost than the other typed because special modifications are needed in the vehicle’s structure.
Thanks to the advances in technology and engineering, it is possible to arrange transfer and travel of wheelchair-bound persons. Some common specifications of mobility vehicles are:
- The inclusion of a ramp that allows the wheelchair to move inside the vehicle easily and independently.
- A lower floor height that keeps the ramp less steep, facilitating the movement of the wheelchair easily.
- Some wheelchair accessible vehicles, especially those that are meant for big families, have a lift mechanism instead of a ramp. This is because they don’t have a lowered floor due to size constraints.
Mobility vehicles are indeed a boon for wheelchair-bound persons because they make it possible for such people to travel normally. Many agencies arrange these vehicles for private use and also for community use. For example, many events hire such vehicles to cater to the needs of wheelchair-bound participants.
These agencies can also create customised mobility vehicles depending on the specific requirements of the clients. Therefore, you should have a detailed discussion with them before hiring or purchasing a mobility vehicle.