Perhaps that’s actually a good thing, but I wondered if there were ways to make it possible for someone semi-wheelchair bound to drive by themselves.
If he uses a collapsible wheelchair, it might be.
The most obvious approach is to have a four-door sedan in which the front door is hinged, as usual, on the front, and the rear door hinged on the rear. Wheel up, open both doors, sit in the driver’s seat, fold the wheelchair and shove it into the back seat area, then close the doors and drive away. Reverse the procedure to get out.
The problem with that is that remounting a car door would take fairly massive and expensive modifications—probably of order of the cost of a used wheelchair van. (Which aren’t cheap.)
Another possibility is a roof-mounted mechanism using a swing-out arm. It would probably have to be motorized, but that could be arranged.
- Wheel up to car, open door, and have swing-out arm open out
- Sit in car and fold up wheelchair
- Lower and attach the upper attachment cables to the wheelchair.
- Raise the wheelchair to mid-station, and lower and attach the lower attachment cables to it
- Raise the wheelchair the rest of the way
- Have the mechanism turn the wheelchair sideways
- Rotate the swing-arm back over the car
Reverse this to get out of the car.
This doesn’t sound like a very cheap prospect either, and mounting it solidly to the roof of a car sounds difficult—though easier than trying to change the frame. It doesn’t sound like something you would rent for a few months.
Or you could strap a walker to the back of the wheelchair, and unlimber that when you need to store the wheelchair. You might need a hooked rod as well to help you get the wheelchair in and out, of course. A lot cheaper...