View Poll Results: if a better lock-down system was available, would you drive from your manual chair?

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Thread: would you drive from your manual chair?

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    would you drive from your manual chair?

    if there was more practical tie-down system for manual chairs than what is currently available on the market, would you drive from your manual chair instead of transferring or driving from your power chair?

    i'm working with a couple buddies of mine on fabricating a new lock down system that would allow people in wheelchairs, especially those who have difficulty transferring, to drive from their lightweight manual chairs instead of gigantic power chairs. it wouldn't add any additional weight or equipment to the chair and would secure it in no time. this would allow you a much wider variety of vehicles to choose from including those that are both more visually appealing and fuel efficient than the full-sized vans that most are forced to drive.

    let me know what you think...
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    without any head support it would be dangerous if someone where to rear end you really hard.

  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by aaronykc
    without any head support it would be dangerous if someone where to rear end you really hard.
    Nope I wouldn't and I agree with aaronkc. Breaking your neck once seems like enough. I also don't think driving from a chair provides as much stability as from the driver's seat, but that is just my opinion and know some people feel fine with it and/or that's their only option at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbinny
    if there was more practical tie-down system for manual chairs than what is currently available on the market, would you drive from your manual chair instead of transferring or driving from your power chair
    Hel, no! I can't imagine driving from a wheelchair at all. Safety is my first concern when it comes to driving and I have to admit that the idea of driving from a chair doesn't sound like the safest thing ever.

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  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger Racing
    Hel, no! I can't imagine driving from a wheelchair at all. Safety is my first concern when it comes to driving and I have to admit that the idea of driving from a chair doesn't sound like the safest thing ever.

    C.
    i agree w/ tiger. hell no..............i wouldnt drive from any chair
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    Not looking to change my SCI status from T8 to a C4-5 or any level higher than I have.

    I drove a friends van once when I was younger and more foolish (I know some of you would say I am just as or more foolish now) without a proper tie down and from my own chair because the person was too drunk to drive.

    Forget the rocking and rolling from not being fully tied down, even being belted in it was the scariest 15 mile drive of my life and I was totally sober!

    I can't imagine driving from my chair even with an approved lock down system and NO real back rest or head rest in place.
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    For some people with bad shoulders (or those wanting to avoid getting bad shoulders), it would be nice to have a better and safer system for doing this so they can avoid the extra transfers.

    Lack of a headrest is a concern for safety for both drivers and passengers who must ride in a van in either manual or power chairs. Not all power chairs have an appropriate headrest. I have seen those who have sustained a second spinal cord injury due to this lack. A headrest that could swing into place behind you after you secure your chair would be ideal.

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    i know a few guys who drive from their manual chair, & a few (plus me) who drive from power chairs. everyone uses the EZ-Lock to "tie in". big problem w/ manual chairs & EZ-Lock is the additional weight on the chair for the bracket. guys driving from their manual chairs use this swing-away headrest thing. it also has a button to operate turn signals, horn, etc, too...

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    Other than the safty issues, I'd be concerned with the comfort issue. I do a lot of driving and doing it from my wc, wouldn't be that comfortable.
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    I've always driven from my wc.
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