For disabled individuals who want a greater sense of independence, it is possible to convert a vehicle to be handicap accessible. These days, there are advanced driving controls to make it easier than ever for a disabled person to drive a vehicle with ease and comfort. With access to a wheelchair van, those living with disabilities will be able to travel independent of outside help.
Installing hand controls onto a van does not mean that people without disabilities will not be able to use the vehicle. They can be connected when needed. Of course, if the primary or sole driver of the vehicle is disabled, these controls can be left on permanently.
If you are interested in converting your vehicle so that a disabled person will be able to drive it, it is important to find a reputable dealer who will be able to guide you through the process. Kersey Mobility is one such company that has been in the business for decades. They offer a variety of the most innovative driving control products currently available.
A wheelchair van installed with alternative driving controls is easier to use than most people first believe. Through a little practice, driving will soon become second nature. Modern hand controls allow you to accelerate and brake just as smoothly as with conventional controls.
When converting a wheelchair van to include driving controls, you may need to consider making the transfer from wheelchair to driver’s seat easier. Transfer seats can be installed to simplify the process. You can also convert your vehicle in such a way that the wheelchair itself can be used as the driver’s seat.
In comparison with other accessibility features, driving controls are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. The added convenience is often well worth the effort and cost of purchase and installation.