table of contents
- 1 Significance of disability vehicles
- 2 Two types of welfare vehicles: assisted and self-driving.
- 3 The key points to choose
- 4 Identify your needs for using a disability vehicle
- 5 Find out how the equipment works and how comfortable it is to ride
- 6 Match the number and composition of your family.
- 7 Choose your favourite car
Significance of disability vehicles
The number of people with mobility difficulties is likely to increase in the future.
A car for the disabled is a vehicle that offers greater freedom of movement and satisfaction to the elderly, to those who wish to facilitate nursing care, and to those who are physically disabled.
When you want to go, where you want to go, with whom you want to go.
We offer a wide range of vehicle types to suit a variety of usage styles.
Two types of welfare vehicles: assisted and self-driving.
There are vehicles with rotating (sliding) seats, elevating seats, ramps and lifts.
Swivel (Slide) Seat Cars
These vehicles are equipped with a device that allows the front passenger seat to rotate towards the door and slide outwards with a simple operation. This makes it easier for people who find getting in and out of the car inconvenient to do so.
Raising and lowering seats
There is also an electrically operated version where the front passenger seat rotates at the flick of a switch and extends out of the car through the door. These seats can be lowered to a position that is easier to get in and out of than a swivel (slide) seat, making it easier for wheelchair users to get in and out of the car.
These (along with the swivel/sliding seats) are also characterised by the fact that the person being cared for is placed in the front passenger seat, so that the driver can easily see them. They are also available for the rear seat, depending on the application.
Vehicles with ramps and lifts
A feature of these vehicles is the ability to enter the vehicle with a wheelchair through the back door. Some vehicles have ramps and lifts that can be operated by a switch, reducing the burden on the carer.
These vehicles are equipped with an assistive device to allow disabled people to drive themselves. There are two types of assistive devices: manual devices, which allow the user to drive by hand, and foot-operated devices, which allow the user to drive by foot. There is also a type that allows the driver to use only the left foot to control the accelerator and brake. They are all based on a normal car and are fitted with wheelchair fixings and storage devices.
The key points to choose
When choosing a vehicle for people with special needs, you need to consider a number of factors. The most important thing is to choose a vehicle that is easy to use for both the carer and the person being cared for, whether they want to be able to get in and out of the vehicle easily, or to transfer from one vehicle to another by themselves. Other factors to consider are function, comfort, preference and purpose.
Identify your needs for using a disability vehicle
For example, "I can walk on my own, but I want to get in and out of the car smoothly", "I want to transfer from the wheelchair to the seat", "I want to be able to get in and out of the car with the wheelchair". For example, "I have a physical disability but want to drive myself". While respecting the wishes of the individual, it is also important to consider whether or not the disability has progressed, and the age and physical strength of the carer.
Find out how the equipment works and how comfortable it is to ride
Depending on the condition of the person being cared for, the seat can be rotated, extended outwards or lowered. This can be done automatically or manually by the passenger or rear seat. Even if you are going to be in a wheelchair, you will want to make sure that you are comfortable and stress-free for long periods of time using the ramp or lift.
Match the number and composition of your family.
Disability vehicles are based on a variety of vehicles, including sedans, minivans and wagons. The car you choose depends on your family structure and the number of people in your family. The location and size of the parking space is also important, as you will need more space than normal to get in and out of the car, with seats coming out and wheelchair ramps.
Choose your favourite car
Owning more than one car for a family can be a financial challenge. It's important to think about how you want to use your car, whether you want to use it as a family car for holidays or as a daily driver. It's also important to consider the style and colour of the car, as well as its functionality, to suit the tastes of the family and the driver. It's also important to consider the ease of driving, so you can make sure your car is the one you love.