Modification Series: Passenger Vehicles vs. Commercial Vehicles

Mobility vehicles grant people living with disabilities and their families a safe, accessible, and secure way to venture out into the world. Whether you are disabled yourself, or caring for someone with a disability, it’s important that you know exactly what’s required in a mobility vehicle.

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When it comes to modifying mobility vehicles, there are two main kinds of vehicle modifications:

  • Passenger vehicles, where the person living with a disability is unable to drive, but can ride as a passenger in a mobility vehicle.
  • Driver, or commercial vehicles, where a person living with a disability is able to drive, but needs certain modifications to do so safely.

Both of these solutions have vastly different requirements when it comes to vehicle modification. Understanding these differences is important in making a decision on your mobility vehicle. This article will examine these differences, and offer some considerations to take away.

Passenger vehicles

Passenger mobility vehicles are modified to support the travel of people with disabilities as passengers. They often feature high level modifications to promote accessibility, improve comfort, and generally make the effort of travel a little easier for everyone.

Passenger vehicle modifications depend on the outlay you require for your family. These modifications may include:

  • Additions of ramps, winches, steps, and other mobility equipment
  • Wheelchair docking stations around the vehicle
  • Changes or modifications to the seats of other passengers

Passenger vehicles are the obvious choice for larger families, carers, and people living with serious disabilities that prevent them from driving. They are also ideal for enterprises that support the transport of disabled people, like charity organisations and support groups.

 

Considerations

The safety and comfort of all passengers is paramount. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you proceed with passenger vehicle modifications:

  • Where do I want to sit in the car as a passenger? Vehicles can be modified to allow you in the front, middle, or back.
  • How many other passengers does the vehicle need to transport? This will affect how the car is modified.

Driver/commercial vehicles

Driver/commercial mobility vehicles allow people with disabilities to drive with assistance provided by modifications. Depending on the situation of the disabled driver, modifications can be major or minor, but will still grant the driver freedom to get out on the road safely.

The type of modification to a commercial vehicle will depend on whether or not the driver can access the driver’s seat. Some popular driver/commercial vehicle modifications include:

  • Transfer aids to assist with transition into the driver’s seat
  • Driving aids, like modified pedals, steering, and ignition
    Increased safety features, like extended mirrors and automatically disengaged blinkers

If you are living with a disability and want to promote your own freedom of mobility, driver/commercial vehicles are the ideal choice.

 

Considerations

Your safety and security always comes first, so be sure to evaluate your situation before making a decision when modifying a commercial/driver vehicle. Here are some considerations to take into account before you proceed:

  • What do I require to drive safely? Consult with your occupational therapist to find out exactly what your passenger mobility vehicle needs.
  • How long will I be driving for? If you don’t see yourself driving in a few years, it may be best to remain as a passenger, if this is possible.

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If you want to get out on the road, don’t let disability slow you down. Auto Extras provides fully customised solutions for drivers seeking more autonomy on the road, and carers wanting to offer a mode of transport for the people under their care.

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