Friday, October 29, 2010

My Van

Several persons have asked me about my vehicle and the adaptations which were required in order for me to be capable of driving on my own.  The modifications where extensive they incorporated reduced effort steering, backup brake and power steering.  It will not run continuously yet long enough for me to pull off the road safely in case of an emergency, cannot remember all the modifications yet there were plenty.

Even though I am capable of driving I do not drive frequently for several reasons the first being we park underground, our parking space is too small for the ramp to open, if I'd like to use the vehicle my spouse must first move the vehicle outside in an area where there is enough room for the ramp to deploy then remove the drivers seat and strap it at least temporarily on the passenger side.
You know those nice commercials where usually a model activates a lever lifts and repositions the seat with a smile on her face? In reality it's bull that seat weighs over 100 pounds taking them out and reinstalling them is a pain and is certainly not something I could do on my own.

Once the seat is out I can get in the vehicle lock it into place which is done automatically by driving my chair into a liocking mechanism similar to a fifth wheel, then there is the thoracic belt, the seat belt oh and deflating my seat once I'm in position.  As you'll see in the photograph I sit quite high deflating my seat lowers me by a good 3 to 4 inches.  It's convenient that's for certain yet the preparation involved takes much of the enjoyment out of it.  Don't know how long I'll be able to keep this up yet I can assure you the moment I do not feel safe or in control will be the day I stop driving.

1 comment:

Karen said...

Wow Mike, that's really amazing. I knew you could convert a vehicle for hand controls, but I had no idea a conversion could be done to allow for an electric wheelchair. That's a great setup.

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