Standard vehicles, which have been modified to easily accommodate wheelchairs, are known as wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAV) or wheelchair vehicles. This means that a wheelchair user can travel, while remaining seated in his/her wheelchair – either as a passenger or a driver.
Which WAV is right for you?
Because a WAV serves as a crucial piece with your mobility for several years to come, you must make an informed decision on which WAV you should purchase. You are most likely to consider a WAV if you are already struggling to transfer from your wheelchair to a standard car seat or if your assistant can hardly carry you.
As a result, it is safer to travel in a WAV than in an ordinary vehicle. As a piece of advice, carefully examine the advantages and the drawbacks when considering a specialist vehicle over a standard one to ascertain which option is the most suitable one for you.
Cost: A car itself is already an expensive item, so additional costs for conversions can make WAVs pretty hard on the pocket. More so, the more intricate the adaptations you need, the higher the expense. Should you decide that you need a WAV, but can hardly afford one, Brotherwood might offer some financial help.
Seating Capacity: The size of WAV you need depends on the number of passengers you frequently travel with. To accommodate wheelchair users, the WAV converter has to remove some of the original seats. Some cars’ rear seats are even created to fold out in a way that allows enough space for the wheelchair.
Parking: Because disability vehicles are normally bigger than standard ones, it is necessary to take into account the parking space and how it will affect your daily travel. Additionally, WAVs include a ramp or a lift that can either be accessed from the vehicle’s back or side – hence, the importance of adequate room for such equipment and for the wheelchair user to maneuver.
What type and size is best for you?
The size, shape, and design of wheelchair vehicles differ – depending on the original vehicle used for modification or conversion. Nevertheless, all wheelchair vehicles are specifically-designed for easy access and safe traveling.
A standard WAV’s features include:
- a built-in ramp or vertical lifts
- access from a vehicle’s back or rear
- either a lowered floor or a raised roof for enough headroom
- electronic tie downs for the wheelchair
Small: This WAV typically uses a ramp that allows access to the vehicle, instead of a lift. It has at least one rear seat and can allow up to four passengers, including the wheelchair user.
Medium: If you have a bigger wheelchair and travel frequently with four or more passengers, a medium-sized WAV might be perfect for you. This is also a great size in case you need to bring an equipment with you.
Large: This size is highly-suitable if you travel more often with many passengers and need plenty of seats. A large-sized WAV is also the right choice if you need more room for larger and heavier wheelchairs, as well as for equipment that you need to keep with you.
If you are just beginning your search for disability cars or motability vehicles, Brotherwood is a great place to start. You can contact them at 0845-591-3850. http://www.brotherwood.com