The team here at BLVD.com interviewed a local friend who uses her wheelchair van nearly everyday. We asked her to give us a list of 3 things she likes about her mobility vehicle and 3 things she dislikes about it. Here is what she had to say.
Handicap vans are truly amazing, mine gives me a feeling of freedom, making it as if i have no limits. Even though that makes seem like handicap vans are virtually perfect, there are pros and cons to all wheelchair vans. Here is what I love about mine:
The first thing I love about my Wheelchair van is Freedom
The freedom my van allows is by far the best gift anyone could give. The ease of being able to get in my van and go makes life so simple, as if there are no limits! The places you can go are virtually endless, the only thing that can hold you back is accessibility in a facility. Other than that you are pretty much free!
The second thing I love about my Wheelchair van is Cleaning
Another big plus in my eyes about these vans is how easy they are to clean. Since most of the seats are removed, the floor is nice and open. (Like a disco dance floor!) The floor isn’t carpet, it’s rubberized; meaning you can easily sweep, mop, or vacuum! I get excited about this because personally, I am a clean freak! Having a super easy to clean floor makes my heart really happy, and I think others would say the same!
The Third thing is Personalization
The last thing that I really like about handicap vans is the many ways the van can be customized to you and your needs. You can choose from different lifts to make your van accessible, there is more than one option! The kind of driver seat you’d like also has many options, to find what best works for you! These things are only a few of the many things you get to pick out all on your own!
No vehicle or situation can be completely perfect, and while I do love my mobility vehicle there are always going to be things that can be improved. Below are the my three largest grievances with my mobility van:
The First thing I dislike about my wheelchair van is the Low Clearance
Vans are already a lower profile vehicle, but then add an in-floor ramp and make it even lower! With a pretty low clearance, it can make going certain places difficult, or even impossible. An example being a car wash. A lot of car washes have rails that you drive onto and they move your vehicle for you. With a van that has an in-floor ramp, this style of car wash is not handicap van friendly. The clearance is too low on the van and in turn you will get stuck!
The second thing I dislike about my wheelchair van is 2-Wheel Drive
This next con is maybe not a big deal for a lot of people, but if you live where it snows this is a factor. These vans are only 2-wheel drive, front wheel drive to be exact and in the snow that is not ideal. Since some seats are removed from the vehicle to accommodate for wheelchairs the van is also lighter. Making it more apt to slide around on ice. If you are looking for a 4-wheel drive vehicle, maybe a different type of handicap vehicle is right for you.
The last thing I dislike is the Largeness
The last thing I don’t love, but it is not an issue is how big a van is. Don’t get me wrong I love how big and spacious the inside is, but sometimes I feel like I am driving a school bus! Parking the school bus can sometimes be a task, but parking any vehicle can bring its challenges. Some people enjoy having a bigger vehicle, because it makes them feel safer. As for me I think at times it’s a little too beefy for this gal.
As most of these cons are minor things, for some these things could be deal breakers. It is nice to know that a van isn’t your only option for a handicap vehicle. I strongly suggest working with a mobility consultant from your local dealer to assist in finding what vehicle options fit you and your price range. I hope that this sheds some light to anyone in need of some advice in this big world!