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    The Importance of Regular Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Maintenance

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    The Importance of Regular Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Maintenance

    Whether it’s an oil change or tire rotation, regularly servicing your wheelchair accessible vehicle can help save you time and money, as well as keep you safe on the road. Just as our bodies begin to show the signs of aging, cars, SUVs and vans also can experience diminished performance as time passes. Due to this natural process, it’s vital to get your vehicle checked out by professionals in order to ensure your vehicle’s longevity.

    Save Money

    While most things wear over time, regular maintenance can significantly decrease the chances of a major problem later on. Preventative and scheduled services are normally small and inexpensive jobs, and can also preserve resale value, saving you even more money.

    Save Time

    A major breakdown not only costs thousands of dollars, it can also put your vehicle out of working condition for weeks. The worse the damage is, the longer it will likely take a mechanic to get your van or car ready for the road again. Even if the downtime for your car isn’t more than a few hours, a breakdown on the road can be particularly difficult for people with disabilities or limited mobility operating or riding in the vehicle.

    Protect Yourself

    Not only does maintenance and regular service save you time and money, it’s an important way to ensure you are safe inside your vehicle.

    A wheelchair accessible or other adaptive vehicle can mean the difference between social freedom and considerable limitations. Take care of the investment in your freedom by following regular maintenance schedules and ensuring your ride is in the best shape possible! If you purchased your WAV from a NMEDA dealer, you’ll be glad to hear that these QAP accredited dealerships provide excellent service and 24-hour support. Contact your NMEDA dealer to find out more about your vehicle’s service needs.

    The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our mobility equipment dealers.

     

     

    Teens with Disabilities: Learning to Drive A Handicap Accessible Vehicle

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    The majority of teenage kids will assert that learning to drive not only makes for an exciting experience but also marks a very important moment in life – moving a step closer towards achieving independence. Teens living with a disability are not exempt from this feeling. When it’s time to teach your child to drive, there are a few important things to keep in mind to ensure your child’s safety and the safety of others on the road. Read More →

    Helping First Time Disabled Drivers with Mobility Equipment Master the Road


    First time disabled drivers with mobility equipment face unique milestones and considerations when preparing for the road. Parents and caregivers must seriously consider if they feel their child or loved one with a disability is adequately prepared for driver education. While that is a decision for each party to make individually, we offer advice for those who would like to begin preparing for the day their loved one takes the wheel. Read More →

    The New Year Brings New Traffic and Vehicle Maintenance Laws

    With the New Year, comes new traffic and vehicle maintenance laws. The freedom that driving delivers, also bears great responsibility, so please see this selection of new laws for the roadways: Read More →

    Parking Permitted, Right?

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    Luckily, there are parking permissions in place for those with disabilities. Not only does such parking allow for easier access to store fronts and by offering closer proximity, but enlarged parking spaces also accommodate adaptive vehicles more readily.

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    Secure Your Mobility Independence with a Driver’s License


    The desire to drive and be independent can become a reality for many people with disabilities. But, just like any driver, before you can get behind the wheel of a wheelchair accessible vehicle or modified vehicle, you must receive your driver’s license.

    As discussed in previous posts, a person with a physical disability must go through a certification process to operate an accessible vehicle, but before you can go through the on-road assessment portion of the evaluation it’s required that you have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit. You cannot be denied the opportunity to apply due to a disability, but you may be given a restricted license based on the use of adaptive devices. Read More →

    Going Green with Fuel Efficient Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

     

    Hitting the open road can prove to be costly when looking for a wheelchair accessible vehicle. In your efforts to cut costs without compromising on quality, be sure to consider the fuel-economy or efficiency of the auto you’re eyeing. Curbing your long-term spending on gas can alleviate the stress of the initial purchase and conversion costs. Not to mention you’ll be helping to save the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. While options may seem limited now, manufacturers are making strides in motivating wheelchair users towards purchasing better-performing vehicles. They may even be more stylish than your average minivan. Read More →

    Getting Gas is Getting Easier

    For drivers with disabilities, a trip to the gas station is inconvenient at best and dangerous at worst, but we are starting to see – on a rather small level but significant nonetheless – more counties take action to make fueling up less of a hassle.

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    Get All the Mileage You Can

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    As gas can be a bit of challenge to get for drivers with disabilities, you’ll want to make sure your accessible vehicle can get all the mileage possible before stopping to refuel. Below is a list of some vehicles that are great for conversions and their respective mileages to help you choose which is best for your needs. Read More →

    Operating Handicap Accessible Vehicles Requires a Driver Certification for Disabled: Part 2

    wheelchair access vehicles, wheelchair accessible vehicles, mobility vans, handicap vans, handicap vans, handicap accessible vansOnce you’ve completed your clinical evaluation, it’s time for an on-road assessment in a handicap accessible vehicle. This is where the driver rehabilitation specialist will evaluate your ability to drive a vehicle with adaptive equipment and determine what type of specific equipment you personally need.

    Before you can go through the second part of your evaluation, it’s required you have a valid driver’s license or learner’s permit. As for getting a driver’s license or permit, you can’t be denied the opportunity to apply because you have a disability, but you may be given a restricted license based on the use of adaptive devices.

    Generally, the driver rehabilitation specialist will perform the evaluation in a van or car that’s equipped with the same type of adaptive equipment you would require in your own vehicle. The evaluation begins in a parking lot or other open area to check basic control of acceleration, braking, and steering, turning and parking skills and overall ability to handle the vehicle. From there the evaluation process moves to the street to see how you perform in moving traffic. The final step includes an analysis of your ability to drive on the highway and at higher speeds. The process varies from person to person based on the specific needs of that individual and usually takes a couple of sessions to complete.

    After the final appointment, the specialist will summarize the results and determine if you’ll require any additional training. They’ll also suggest what type of vehicle would be the best fit for your needs and personal situation. In addition, the driver rehabilitation specialist will work with both you and the mobility equipment dealer to ensure that the equipment is positioned adequately for your needs and that you are able to safely and independently operate your adapted vehicle.

    Please be aware that it may take awhile before your evaluation can get scheduled so it’s always a good idea to get the process started early.

    For more information on the Association For Driver Rehabilitation Specialists you can visit their website at www.driver-ed.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1

    The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or pricing handicap accessible vans, cars or trucks, please consider one of our mobility equipment dealers.