9 questions to ask yourself before purchasing a conversion vehicle

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Answer at least these 9 questions before making your choice to ensure you make the right choice. The best option for one person is not always the best option for another. Always adapt the vehicle to your needs. Observe yourself while working and write down your needs and what you are currently lacking.

1. Will a disabled person drive or be a passenger in the vehicle?

When a disabled person operates a vehicle, the maximum degree of reliability and safety, as in a normal vehicle, must be ensured, as well as driving comfort. The same is true if the disabled person will be a passenger on the trip. It is preferable to have as much space around the steering wheel and along the middle pillar as possible for the installation of manual controls. Start assist and an electronic handbrake can be extremely useful.

Manual gas and brake pedal control

2. In addition to the disabled person, how many other people will be in the vehicle?

The space in the vehicle is then most efficiently arranged based on the number of people so that it is safe and comfortable for everyone. Depending on where the disabled person will be sitting in the vehicle (driver, front passenger, back row of seats...), ensure that the seat has a seat belt, additional grips, and armrests. All of this contributes to it being quick, safe, and easy to use.

5 seats and a person in a wheelchair in a Citroen Berlingo XL

3. Does a disabled person need a wheelchair?

A disabled person may only require assistance getting into and out of a vehicle. There are many gadgets that can make the daily transition easier, ranging from mechanical and electric shelves and handles to comfortable rotating seats and automatic opening of the rear or front doors and trunk.

Automatic transfer from wheelchair to vehicle and vice versa

4. Is the wheelchair electric or mechanical?

The primary distinction between a mechanical and an electric wheelchair is one of weight and size. Prior to making any changes, the measurement must be precisely measured and then tested for suitability.

5. Will the person in the wheelchair have to transfer from it to the vehicle?

There are also numerous options for transferring. The first is the previously mentioned electric or mechanical shelf; the second is a lift in which a person sits in a "bag," and the third is a rotating seat in conjunction with a special Carony chassis. If a person is going to return to the original seat of the vehicle, it should be comfortable and have the option of electric movements. If the door is not sliding, pay attention to the angle at which it is opened.

6. Where will the wheelchair be stored while driving?

It must first be placed in the vehicle and then securely fastened to ensure that it does not endanger passengers while driving or in the event of an accident. A variety of wheelchair lifts that can be installed behind the driver, behind the front passenger, in the trunk, or even on the roof provide an easy-to-use solution (ChairTopper). Sliding doors will make it even easier to use, especially in narrow parking spaces; sliding doors can also be opened using an electric slide. When purchasing a vehicle, pay attention to details such as sill heights, the flat bottom of the boot, how the seats fold, the distance between the front seat and the back row of seats... The trunk's electric opening and closing can make your life much easier.

Wheelchair storage system

7. Does the disabled person have an assistant with them?

An assistant is undeniably helpful and makes daily use of the vehicle and equipment much easier. However, it is also important to consider their health and ensure that they do not lift excessively heavy loads.

8. Do you already have a vehicle that you wish to convert?

If you already own a vehicle, it is best if the company that will be converting it inspects it and advises you on your options. If you discover that the vehicle does not suit you or does not allow for a suitable conversion, it is wise to consider purchasing another more suitable vehicle, as it will serve you so well for a long time.

9. What might a person with a disability require in the future?

Also, before making a final decision, consider what the disabled person might require in the future. Every six years, the beneficiaries are due for co-financing. Following this period, the process of applying to the administrative unit, review at Soča, and obtaining security documents is repeated.

If you answer these questions before consulting an expert, your conversation will be extremely beneficial. An expert will be able to advise you on a variety of options. Insist on what you want so that you will be satisfied with the vehicle's adaptation even after years of use.

We frequently come across products that are not of sufficient quality or comfort to be used on a daily basis. As a result, at AMK Servis, we only install the best products from internationally recognized manufacturers with all necessary certifications.


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