Wheelchair accessible vehicles are designed to make transportation accessible and convenient. Wheelchair accessible vehicles come in two different styles: rear loading and side loading. Depending on your unique needs or the needs of your family, you may decide to choose one style over the other. The following article will discuss a few of the differences between rear entry and side entry wheelchair accessible vehicles so that you can make an informed decision.
While both are suitable choices, the biggest difference lies in the vehicle’s entry/exit points. As expected, the entry/exit ramps on a side-entry vehicle deploy when the sliding door is opened, this can be fully automated or manual options available, while the ramps rear-entry vehicles open out of the trunk/hatch.
One thing you must consider when purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle is the ease-of-entry. Rear entry vehicles allow you to park in handicap and standard parking spots. Side-entry wheelchair accessible vehicles require you to park in a larger/handicap spot, so the side ramp has room to deploy without being interfered with.
Consider your living situation. If you own a single vehicle driveway, you might not have enough space to deploy a side ramp. Alternatively, if you live at a residence with handicap parking, you may prefer a side-entry vehicle so that you don’t have to go into the parking lot to enter or exit your vehicle.
Seating configurations in rear-entry and side-entry vehicles are different. With a rear-entry vehicle, you have the option to seat four people, and a wheelchair, with other seating options available. If you drive by yourself or have a small family with a child in a wheelchair, a rear-entry vehicle might be worth the investment.
Side entry vehicles present you with greater floor plan options. For example, in side-entry models, you have the option to fit three wheelchair users inside the automobile. Side-entry vehicles allow wheelchair users to drive and can carry up to five able-bodied passengers. Furthermore, if you’re unable to drive from your wheelchair, you can situate yourself in the passenger’s spot and add a stable seat for the driver. If you’re planning on driving from your wheelchair, make sure to ask for assistance in picking the right model for you.
When the time comes to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle, make sure you do your research and consider your living conditions. All of our vehicles are designed to keep you safe, happy, and comfortable, wherever life takes you. For more information, please contact Sidewinder Conversions today!