Have you ever tried to lift a forty pound wheelchair into the back of your car? You might not be fatigued at first, but after running a few errands, your strength decreases. Suddenly, running errands becomes less of an opportunity to get out of the house, and instead becomes a trial of endurance. To complicate matters, if you are the disabled one, you might find it extra difficult or impossible to lift a wheelchair.
One solution is to invest in wheelchair vans. Oftentimes they are normal 6-7 passenger vans that are converted to allow the storage of a powered wheelchair. Some wheelchair vans have an electric winch that hooks onto the wheelchair to hoist it into the van. Others have a platform that lowers. The individual then drives the wheelchair onto the platform. The platform is then raised and positioned into the van. Lastly, wheelchair vans are built with a stronger suspension to accommodate the extra weight of the equipment and powered wheelchair. This helps ensure that the handicap van maintains safe handling.
All factors considered, a van that helps you get your wheelchair out and put it away will save you time and strength. Most importantly though, it will allow you avoid injury.