Mobility vehicles, or cars that are adapted for use by people in wheelchairs or with other mobility requirements, help guarantee more freedom for their users. These vehicles are a large investment in a more independent future, but they aren’t without disadvantages.
If you are considering purchasing a mobility vehicle, read on for help making your decision:
Advantages of Mobility Vehicles
Mobility vehicles have many advantages, including:
Mobility vehicles allow you to go where you want, when you want. No more waiting for an accessible taxi, a family member to drive you or other modes of transportation. Mobility vehicles can make it easier for you to find a job, participate in community activities and just take care of your day-to-day errands.
Less Pain and Trouble
Mobility vehicles make it faster and easier for you to get into the car. Transferring from your wheelchair to the car can strain your muscles. It also takes much longer to get yourself and your chair into a car than it takes to use a ramp or lift to enter a car. Mobility vehicles make getting on the road more convenient.
Disadvantages of Mobility Vehicles
Though the above benefits are great, you should consider the disadvantages of mobility vehicles:
Buying a mobility vehicle can come at a large expense, much higher than a standard vehicle. Depending on your needs, it may be more cost effective to have your current vehicle modified rather than buying an entirely new car.
Difficulty Transitioning Between Drivers
Rear-entry mobility vehicles don’t allow the person in a wheelchair to drive. In cars with side entry, you may be able to switch between drivers, but it may involve putting a chair in and out of the driver’s side.
Less Room for Passengers
Some mobility vehicles have seats removed to make room for a lift or ramp, meaning you have fewer chairs open for passengers.
For more information on your mobility choices, please contact Hampton Roads Mobility today at (757) 663-5457.