If you or a loved one has a disability that impacts mobility, you know that transportation can be a real challenge. Getting around using traditional forms of transportation like buses, trains, or cars isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be downright awful. That’s why accessible transportation is so important. Not only does it help improvel opportunities for employment, education, travel, and social activities – but it can even be a lifeline for those who need medical care or daily assistance.

At Wheelers Accessible Van Rentals, we believe in giving everyone the freedom to get where they need to go. So, to make it a little less confusing, let’s dive into the world of wheelchair-accessible van equipment together.

As always, if you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Our friendly team is here to help you hit the road!

 

Types of Wheelchair-Accessible Vans

When it comes to navigating life with disabilities, wheelchair-accessible vans can be a game-changer. These vehicles are designed to make it super easy for people using wheelchairs or mobility aids to get around. They can truly transform lives! Let’s take a look at four different types of wheelchair-accessible vans available on the market, each with its own unique benefits and considerations.

Rear Passenger

This is the most common type of wheelchair-accessible van out there. These vans usually have a ramp or lift at the back, allowing you to easily enter and exit through the rear. The great thing about rear passenger vans is that they offer a wide range of customization options. You can choose different seating arrangements, ramps, and lifts that suit your specific needs.

Ride-Up-Front

With ride-up-front vans, you get to sit in the front passenger seat, right next to the driver. To get in, you enter through a side door and then ride up into the van on a platform. These vans are perfect if you prefer to be in the front rather than the back. They usually have a lower floor height compared to rear passenger vans, making it easier to get in and out. Just keep in mind that they might not offer as much customization as other options.

Drive From Wheelchair

These vans are really something special. You can drive the vehicle directly from your wheelchair without having to transfer to a seat. They usually have a lowered floor and additional ramp or lift options that allow you to drive straight into the van. The best part? They provide incredible independence and freedom for those who want to stay in their wheelchairs while driving.

Transfer Seat

Transfer seat vans are designed to make it easier for you to move from your wheelchair to a standard vehicle seat. These vans typically have a rotating seat that slides out of the vehicle, so you can transfer onto it before sliding back in – hence the name “transfer seat.” If you prefer sitting in a regular seat rather than your wheelchair, this option might be just what you need. Plus, transfer-seat vans are often more affordable, though they may have fewer customization choices.

 

Equipment Overview

Accessible vans are specially designed vehicles that offer mobility solutions for individuals with disabilities. They come equipped with a variety of equipment to make your travel experience safe, comfortable, and hassle-free. Let’s take a look at some of the equipment you’ll find in many accessible vans on the market. 

Ramps and Lifts

Our Wheelers vans are equipped with either manual or automatic side entry wheelchair ramps. It’s important to understand how the ramp operates before your rental to ensure a smooth journey. Check out our helpful ramp operation video to get acquainted with it.

Securement Systems 

Safety is our top priority, which is why our vans come with securement systems. These systems include retractable belts, manual tie-downs, or fully automatic systems that secure and lock in wheelchairs, ensuring the passengers are safe throughout the entire journey.

Lowered floors 

Lowered floors are a game-changer when it comes to accessibility. They provide more headroom and improve overall accessibility by reducing the angle of the ramp. With lowered floors, you’ll have more space to move around freely in the van, giving you a comfortable and spacious experience.

 

Maintenance and Safety 

It’s essential to prioritize regular maintenance and repair for accessible vans to guarantee safe and reliable transportation for you or your loved ones with disabilities. Neglecting these crucial tasks can lead to serious malfunctions or breakdowns, causing inconvenience and potential danger for those who depend on these vans for their mobility needs.

One common maintenance issue to watch out for is ramp or lift malfunctions. These mechanisms are quite complex and require regular inspection and upkeep to prevent any unexpected hiccups. By staying on top of maintenance and repair, you can not only ensure safety and reliability, but you can also extend the lifespan of your accessible vehicle. That means saving yourself or your organization from the headache and expense of having to replace your van prematurely.

Remember, investing in regular maintenance and repair is a small effort that goes a long way in keeping accessible vans in top-notch condition. It’s all about giving you a smooth and worry-free transportation experience.

 

Final Thoughts

For most of us, the thought of being stuck at home without access to a vehicle would be really daunting. That’s why accessible vans are a game-changer! They provide a sense of freedom and independence, allowing people to tackle everyday tasks like grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, or simply spending quality time and traveling with loved ones. Yet despite their importance, many still struggle to access these vehicles. 

At Wheelers Accessible Van Rental, we’ve got you covered. We offer a wide selection of modern and well-maintained accessible vans in our fleet, located at major cities across the nation. Renting from Wheelers is a breeze, and we’re all about making it easy and affordable for you.

So, don’t let transportation limitations hold you back. Experience the freedom and flexibility you deserve with our accessible van rentals. Reach out to us today, and let’s make your next adventure a reality!

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