Driving For the Handicapped by primusboy


									Driving For the Handicapped
Driving a handicap vehicle instead of being the passenger is the
difference between being dependent on others for transportation and being
independent. Having a handicap vehicle means choosing where and when you
want to go to the store, to work or just out for the fun of it. There is
nothing a person in a wheelchair wants more than to be self-sufficient
and treated like everyone else, not reliant on another person for help.
Handicap vehicles can be used by paraplegics, people with spinal chord
injuries, severe arthritics and anyone with limited use of their legs.
Cars with an automatic transmission can be modified into handicap
vehicles by having either permanently installed hand controls or portable
hand controls. Both kinds of hand controls have advantages. A car or van
with permanent controls can be driven by anyone. The driver simply
chooses whether or not to use the hand controls. The pedals function as
they normally would.
Portable Hand Controls are easy to add and remove from a car or van and
fit most vehicles with an automatic transmission. This means that you are
stuck in one car. Almost any car can be a handicap vehicle. What if you
need to borrow a car, or better yet, rent one while on vacation? You have
the portable equipment you need. There is no waiting for installation. A
few minutes and you are ready to go.
A handicap vehicle often has other special controls . Handicap accessible
vans and/or minivans are available from Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford,
GMC, Honda, Toyota and others. These specially outfitted handicap
vehicles can be customized to include lowered floors, raised roofs,
wheelchair lifts or ramps, tie-downs, and transfer seats . Wheelchair
entry can be made on either the side or the back of the van. They can be
custom made to your specifications, according to your ability. Choose
more power features and remote control items if needed. Some of these
features of handicap vehicles include parking brakes that are controlled
by a switch and electric wheelchair locking systems. Different steering
systems according to need are hand control, foot controls and joystick
There is a new development from Hungary, a small electric handicap
vehicle. It is called the Kenguru. This unique design holds only one
person in a manual wheelchair. There are no seats. The driver simply
rolls in through the large rear hatch, his wheelchair locks in place, and
off he goes driving with a joystick steering system. The Kenguru can
reach speeds up to 40 miles per hour and costs about $13,000. This is
great uplifting news for people looking for a handicap vehicle!
Daily life can be tough at times. Having a handicap vehicle brings
freedom and life becomes much more enjoyable.
Janet Nicol writes about everyday obstacles and solutions for people who
are in a wheelchair. For more information go to

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