Sales of wheelchair accessible SUVs and vans has gone up in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why.
The Baby Boomer generation is aging, with 10,000 of them turning 65 every day.
People are living longer, with age-related disability growing right alongside that number.
And our veterans are returning home with mobility issues.
Of the 23% of individuals who need assistance when traveling outside of the home, 12% have issues trying to get transportation.
Owning a wheelchair accessible SUV or van makes life with mobility disabilities easier.
It connects people to their loved ones and the outside world and helps them stay employed outside of the home.
If you’re in the market for purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle, read on – we’ve got the definitive guide for buying one.
Practical Choices For A Wheelchair Accessible SUV
When you’re choosing your SUV, before you get to the fun stuff like preference, you need to be practical.
Ask yourself what you need your SUV for, how often you’re going to use it, and other questions that pertain to your day-to-day life.
For example, what’s the weather like where you live?
An SUV can handle a bit rougher terrain and weather conditions than a van.
When purchasing your SUV, consider not just your needs in the present, but in the future as well.
Will your mobility decrease as the years go on?
The severity of your mobility plays a role in choosing the right vehicle for you.
Those with better upper body strength and greater mobility would do well in a sedan or SUV; those who rely heavily on their wheelchairs would do better in a van.
Preference Comes Into Play
Once you’ve figured out what your immediate needs are, you can get into specifics that are a matter of personal choice.
For example, once you’ve determined your mobility needs, you can choose between installing a ramp, lift, or a transfer seat in your wheelchair accessible SUV.
You can add on things to help drive the vehicle itself and make navigation easier.
A good idea is to have the wipers, horns, and turning signals on a remote control to make accessing them easier.
You can even install a button-press gear actuator or an extended gear shift if you want to drive a manual instead of an automatic.
There are more options on the market than before so there’s no need to feel limited.
BraunAbility Wheelchair Accessible SUVs Should Be Your First Choice
While there’s a greater variety of wheelchair accessible vehicles on the market today, the BraunAbility wheelchair accessible SUV is really the best choice.
They’ve got all the features that meet your practical needs while offering plenty of customizable options to suit your preferences.
The price point is well worth every penny, too.
Call or visit Advantage Mobility Outfitters in Wayne, Michigan, for the best conversation you’ll ever have before you buy or rent your handicap accessible vehicle. Check out our affordable new and pre-owned BraunAbility wheelchair vans.