Braun Straight Talk About Wheelchair Vans – Suspension Systems

The “Straight Talk” continues this week, this time about wheelchair van suspensions.  Regardless of the type of vehicle you’re buying, you probably have at least some interest in the suspension system…no doubt, you’ve asked, “How does it ride?  How does it handle?”  Well, that question is even more important if you’re buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

Consider this: depending on your personal level of mobility, you could be adding several hundred pounds to your vehicle if you use a larger chair or scooter.  That weight will make a difference in how your vehicle handles.  Just as important is the fact that the ride provided by your vehicle’s suspension system can make travel a painless….or a painful…experience.

For example, if you or your passenger have limited upper body strength, riding in the back of a van that has a very loose suspension system which causes it to sway and swing, can be very tiring, not to mention nauseating.  So again, it’s important to KNOW what you’re buying.

At BraunAbility, they follow the old adage: form follows function.  For all of the vehicles we convert … Chrysler, Dodge, Toyota and Honda…hundreds of designers and engineers determined how they wanted the original vehicle components to perform.  Then, they designed those components to allow them to function at their best.  BraunAbility respects that approach, and as a result, makes a point of holding as closely as possible to the original specifications.

Whether you’re a driver or a passenger, the way your mobility vehicle feels and handles has a lot to do with whether you enjoy, or simply tolerate your ride.  Take a look at the video below for the whole story, but don’t take our word for it…take a RIDE at Adaptive Driving Access – and see for yourself!


Posted on October 18, 2011 by Katie Larson