HOW TO ADAPT VEHICLES FOR PEOPLE WITH REDUCED MOBILITY? First of all, it is important to find a model that can adapt to your handicap, including, if necessary, the ease with which it would be possible to transform it so that you can drive it. It could be something relatively simple like buying a regular car with an automatic transmission if you have limited use of one of your legs or one of your arms, in order to avoid having to regularly use the clutch or the gear lever.

Standard vehicles unfortunately offer limited options for those who need specialized access and controls, but it’s not as expensive or complicated as you might think to make a vehicle handicapped accessible. In fact, installing a combination of the following accessories can transform a standard version of a van, truck, car or SUV into a handicap accessible vehicle.

Vehicle adaptations

Wheelchair lifts/ramps: Companies can convert a vehicle in several ways to make it wheelchair accessible. The most common modifications involve adding a ramp or lift to the side or rear of the vehicle. This allows easy access to the passenger or driver area.

Swivel seats: Standard car seats are fixed and limited in their movement, but they can be replaced with seats that can swivel, flip up and even extend out of the vehicle to allow easy transition between a wheelchair and the car seat. For safety and operational reasons, it is important to sit in a seat designed for use inside a vehicle.

Hand Controls: Custom hand controls can replace standard vehicle foot controls to suit driver needs. Installing a throttle and brake handle adjacent to the steering wheel provides an alternative means of performing essential driving functions.

Steering wheel accessories: You can equip the steering wheel with various other accessories to change the operation of turns, horns, turn signals and other operations, allowing you to control the vehicle using buttons, wheels and other useful devices.