Life for wheelchair users will always have its difficulties. However, with advancements in technology, we’re slowly seeing more design innovations to help handicapable people enjoy more independence, personalisation and convenience. These creations, like mobility driving aids and disability vehicles in Brisbane, play an important role in enriching the lives of wheelchair users.
Here are some of the latest and greatest wheelchair design and technology innovations.
Thanks to driving aids, many wheelchair-bound people are finding it easier to drive, whether they’re visiting friends and family or venturing off on a road trip. Mechanical hand controls, including push-pat and push-pull hand controls, allow handicapable drivers to power their vehicle’s brake and accelerator with their hands.
You can also use spinner knobs and electronic steering devices to assist with steering, such as the Logensons Lollipop Grip (For R200 Keypad), which also lets you control indicators, windshield wipers and headlights with the one device. Pedal extensions, meanwhile, are a simple and easy-to-install driving aid for people who can’t reach factory-standard pedals.
WHEELCHAIR TRANSFER AIDS
Installing wheelchair transfer aids is a crucial part to turning a normal vehicle into a mobility vehicle. These high-tech devices allow wheelchair users to enter and exit vehicles more easily, cutting down on time and frustration in their everyday lives.
The Milford Person Lift is ideal for placing physically disabled people into vehicles with a comfortable and strong sling. Alternatively, a Turny seat lets you swivel the car seat out and over the doorsill, giving you easier access to the vehicle.
WHEELCHAIR STOWAGE DEVICES
Lifting mobility scooters or electric wheelchairs into vehicles is extremely taxing on our bodies without a wheelchair stowage device. These innovative devices are helping wheelchair users and their carers daily. A platform lift is easy to use and great for larger vehicles with ample trunk space, such as vans and 4WDs.
Wheelchair cranes are also popular for their effortless lifting capabilities, push-button controls and 200-kilogram max-load capacity. Smaller cars are now also using roof-mounted wheelchair hoists, which are perfect for wheelchair users who are driving their own vehicle. A hoist lets you load your wheelchair from the passenger or driver side using simple hand controls powered by your vehicle’s internal battery through the cigarette lighter.
SPECIALISED CHAIRS FOR MOBILITY VEHICLES
Heavy wheelchairs can cause a lot of strain on vehicles and carers, so it’s great to see new developments in reducing wheelchair weights without losing any of the strength or durability. The Kuschall Superstar is one such wheelchair, which has been made from graphene. Graphene won the Nobel Prize for its incredible strength-to-weight ratio, which is considered one of the best in the world.
These new light-weight designs make it a lot easier to stow wheelchairs in your mobility vehicle. They will also put less strain on wheelchair stowage devices, letting you use your lifts, cranes and hoists for longer without repair.
EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY & A NEW LEVEL OF FREEDOM
Don’t let all this new technology go to waste. Contact us at Driving Mobility for a range of disability vehicle modifications in Brisbane. We’re up to date on all the latest innovations that will help you return to driving or just make life that little bit easier.