Who says that you cannot drive if you are in a wheelchair? I certainly do not! And yet, I am sure you have heard this quite a few times from various people. If that is the case, I would advise you not to get angry with them, as comments like those usually stem from their lack of knowledge on this topic. Instead of getting angry, you should instruct them to do some reading and get properly informed about how people in wheelchairs live nowadays.
This could be an informative read on that topic here.
Now, we certainly cannot deny the fact that certain adjustments need to be made to specific vehicles if you want a disabled person to drive those. This is common sense, and I am sure that you are already perfectly aware of it, regardless of whether you are the one in a wheelchair or it is one of your family members or friends that is looking for a way to drive while being disabled. Whatever the case may be, one thing is for sure.
The vehicle will have to be adjusted. Does this, however, mean that you will have to adjust it yourself? Well, I cannot argue with the fact that this is a possibility. You could buy a car and then imagine how it should be modified and take it to a mechanic or someone who could add those modifications for you. This, however, is not an entirely great idea, because chances are that you will never be able to make all the necessary changes this way.
Is there, however, a different solution? Fortunately for you, there most definitely is a different solution and it is quite an easy one. Instead of trying to make all the necessary modifications on your own, you can simply buy an already modified vehicle. Yes, you have heard that right! Those already exist and they are called wheelchair accessible vehicles.
If this is your first time hearing about these cars, then you are probably curious about what those are in the first place. Then, you would also want to know whether getting them and using them is the right idea for you or not. Finally, if you decide to use these, you will want to do your best to buy the right one, meaning that you will need some help with that as well.
In case those are the questions that are swirling around your mind right now, I have to say that you have undeniably come to the right place. To clarify, I am going to answer those questions in the rest of this article, and thus help you decide if you want to get these vehicles and if yes, then where. So, let us take things one step at a time and start answering those questions right now.
What Are WAVs?
Unsurprisingly, we are going to begin with the most basic question of them all. What exactly are wheelchair access vehicles, otherwise known as WAVs? I am sure that you have at least an idea of how these cars work, given that the name hints at it already. In the simplest words possible, this is a vehicle that has been converted with the help of mobility experts, to allow a disabled person to travel, as well as to drive in certain instances.
These vehicles have been designed specifically to offer increased mobility, as well as independence, to disabled people, which is undeniably a huge development in this world. So, the next time someone starts speaking of the difficulties when it comes to transportation and disabled people, I would advise you to talk about WAVs to them and thus help them finally understand that there are absolutely no difficulties here. Raising awareness is important.
Should You Use Them?
Now that you most likely understand precisely what WAVs are and how they work, you will start trying to decide whether you should get one or not. Well, I believe that the answer to this question is perfectly logical, given that these vehicles were designed precisely for disabled people. So, if you are in a wheelchair, or someone from your family is, I would advise you not to think about it anymore and to act instead. Of course, you should act towards getting a WAV.
Chances are, though, that you still are not quite certain whether you need these and whether getting them is a good idea, so let me tell you about a few benefits that come with them. First and foremost, WAVs provide disabled people with a higher level of independence, which has a psychologically positive impact on them. We cannot deny the physical impact either, as these vehicles allow people to travel from one place freely and securely to another, without facing any troubles along the way.
Another benefit you should be aware of is the fact that these are quite affordable nowadays. Some people might be reluctant to purchase a WAV because they believe that it will cost a fortune, but it is time to say goodbye to such a misconception. In short, these vehicles are affordable and the fact that there are so many different makes and models nowadays means that everyone will be able to find something that fits in with their specific budget.
Where To Buy Them?
If you have decided to get one of these WAVs right away, the only thing you will need to do right now is find the perfect place that could sell it to you. There are undeniably a lot of shops out there that could offer you their WAVs, but it is your task to find the perfect one, i.e., the one that will be selling completely safe and functional cars. To do this, you should do thorough research about different shops, while putting the focus primarily on their reputation and then on the prices. Once you do your research, you will manage to decide all on your own where you want to buy this vehicle.