Being a wheelchair user should not and does not have to stop you driving, there are many different adaptations and conversions available then enable you to self drive from your wheelchair from the drivers position. There are commonly known as a 'drive from wheelchair vehicle' and like the many adaptations there are various makes and models available.
Key features of a self drive from wheelchair car?...
The main aspect of a drive from conversion is the access straight to the drivers position - this is usually from the rear (although can be side access) and the ramp continues up and to the front.
What about a transfer seat? - there may be the option of transfering to the drivers seat, but so that it swivels around to make the transfer easier.
Popular makes and models...
There is a choice available, they usually have to be a medium or large sized vehicle for the room needed to take the ramp - the most popular makes and models and those we have available from our dealers are:
Used and new drive from wheelchair vehicles are available...
It is fair to say that due to the value of such vehicle that they are more common as a brand new WAV either as a private purchase or through the Motability scheme but there are still used drive from wheelchair vehicles available for sale today from our network of dealers - these incoude:
Specification - Mercedes Vito 120 CDi with a drive from conversion. Automatic 3.0L diesel. The vehicle has a powered rear lift, the tailgate opens and the lift comes out, drive on the lift and takes you back in the vehicle where the operator can then drive into the driver seat and drive easily!.
Kia Sedona drive from wheelchair with enough room for 1 wheelchair user (the driver!) and upto 4 other seated passengers. There are coupld of options with the Kia Sedona and you may find a side access type conversion easier to entry and access. The Sedona is a good fit for a side access ramp or lift and you will find this available. 2.2L engine and automatic are the common features of this make and model.
>> More used drive froms can be viewed here.
We can help you find self drive wheelchair vehicles - contact us today!