The term disabled has a varied span of meanings. The term disabled has some 7 medical sub-divisions. When used in reference to driving of vehicles, this generally refers to an impairment of any or all of the four limbs in human beings. Handicapped people generally do not like to think themselves inferior to healthy human beings nor do they like attention in the form of sympathy. An example is that of the great WW2 legless fighter pilot Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader with twin prosthetic legs, who was not only a pilot but a Spitfire ace as well, with 22 aerial victories!
Everybody likes to go out from time to time and special people are no different. They also enjoy exploring the world around them even it means only going on short trips. The best way to ensure that they are not left behind because of a disability is arranging a disabled vehicle hire.
A disabled vehicle hire will have all the amenities for a comfortable journey. Handicapped car rentals eliminate the problem for wheelchair storage as motorized wheelchairs are not foldable. The person would then have someone store it in the car boot if that is large enough. In such a case the boot would have to be left open. Should that not be possible, such a person could consider hiring a larger van with a rear entrance ramp upon which a wheelchair could quite easily be rolled upon.
A disabled person’s vehicle is always fitted with an automatic gearbox. Hand or foot controls are added to the vehicle. Hand operated controls serve the function of a hand operated throttle and brake. These are adaptable to almost any car with an auto gearbox, some of the adaptions being:
Hand controls serve the function of operating the accelerator and brake.
Steering wheels knob that makes steering the car easier to control.
Foot controls for people with impaired arms and hands.
Equipment that helps a person to get in and out of the vehicle like ramps, tail lifts, and wheelchair hoists
Rotating seats in a car would be of great assistance.
Relatively smaller features such as cushions and support equipment, mirrors that are adaptable, seat belts, safety belts and harnesses, board, lifting belts or leg lifters, a lift to lift the wheelchair and person into position.
Many of the top ranking car rental companies offer disabled vehicle hire for handicapped people at convenient locations as well as at most airports.