Best 2019 Car for Wheelchair User….
This is really just for me on this one. You might have different priorities, needs, etc. I was looking for under 30k new car with blind spot warning, lane departure, and enough space for children, wheelchair, a small wolf, a pug, groceries,canes, and gets really good gas mileage.
The last need seemed to deeply upset many people. I am completely unclear why. I do not live in Oregon. If I have to get gas I have to stand up out of car, take hose to car, seriously if you any interest in this blog post you probably understand how to get gas. What people seem to not get is standing up can drastically change my heart rate. Fainting at home in a kid you not my fainting couch has a much more romantic ring to it than falling to the stained cement and having to beg a stranger not to call an ambulance if I am lucky enough to wake up before they panic. (Why not call and ambulance? I am so glad you asked. I live in the US. The last ambulance ride I took was 3 miles and $2k after insurance. If you live somewhere this does not happen please google UBER as new ambulance in US. Then make sure your elected officials don’t try to Americanize your health care). Quick mention to I dislocate by moving and yes I have dislocated thumb and wrist getting gas so yay save the environment save the podcast host I want great gas mileage.
Get an electric car…yeah no. Not ready to take that leap yet so I compromised on a PHEV. It currently gets about 105mpge. And it fits everything. Tightly. I did have to come up with an ingenious TETRIS like puzzle to get the pieces of my wheelchair in it but yes it works. With assisted driving I was able to get home with a left arm hanging out of socket. I was much more proud than horrified about this which oddly was the EXACT inverse of everyone I told this story to.
Anyway, Kia Niro PHEV. I am loving the little critter. We have named it Emperor. If you are snickering at this we are friends and thank you fellow history geek. All of the things people hate about it (slow pick up sluggish steering) oddly are not an issue when one has driven a Prius for the last few years.
As for price there are a mess of rebates for electric and plug in cars. I am not much of a car fiend but this so far is a dream car.
What’s yours? What have you done to your transportation to make it work for your disability?