Press Releases Advises Disabled Drivers How to Choose the Best Vehicles to Meet Their Needs

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- For the millions of drivers who rely on wheelchairs to get around, there are quite a few choices to consider for conversion vehicles, says, the premier resource for automotive information. But how do these drivers choose among the range of vans, sedans, coupes and SUVs that are available to accommodate their mobility challenges? helps to sort through these issues with “Five Questions to Consider when Choosing a Mobility Conversion Vehicle.”

“Picking the right type of vehicle for your disability and your lifestyle is important,” says Automotive Content Editor Warren Clarke. “It’s a decision that could have far-reaching effects on your comfort and your finances, so it shouldn’t depend exclusively on your feelings toward a vehicle’s image or appearance. For mobility-challenged drivers, function trumps form by a very wide margin.” suggests that anyone who requires a wheelchair-accessible vehicle should use the following five questions to help make the right choice:

  1. How severe are your mobility challenges? For many disabled drivers who are able to get around without wheelchairs — and some who may rely on wheelchairs, but who have good upper-body strength — sedans, coupes or SUVs may be solid options.
  2. How important are practicality and convenience? Conversion vans and minivans offer superior practicality and convenience. For example, they typically don’t require drivers to hoist themselves from wheelchairs to seats. This isn’t the case with many sedans, SUVs and coupes.
  3. Are you shopping for both current and future needs? Many mobility-challenged drivers suffer from conditions — such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, etc. — that can result in diminishing strength and agility as the years go by. Today, you may have the mobility to easily transfer to a sedan, but that may not be the case two or three years from now.
  4. What’s the weather like? It’s important to consider how well-suited your potential new conversion vehicle is for use in your particular climate year-round.
  5. Have you gotten the help of a qualified mobility dealer? A mobility dealer knows the full range of options available to shoppers and is in a position to tell you which choices suit you best. This kind of knowledgeable guidance is essential if you hope to choose a vehicle that will serve as a useful companion both today and years into the future. A qualified local dealer can be found through the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association website at

For’s detailed guide to choosing a proper wheelchair-accessible vehicle, please visit

Disabled drivers could have even more options on the road with the emergence of self-driving cars. Learn more about the development of these vehicles and obstacles that must still be overcome at

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