Simplify Your Wheelchair To Car Transfer. Simplify Your Life.

Useful tips for independent wheelchair-to-car transferring . (VIDEO)

Being able to smoothly transfer from wheelchair to car is important if looking to live an independent life.  The entire process should become the “norm”, not something you dread having to do each and every day of your life. Your spinal cord injury level may in fact play an ultimate role in how easy this process is for you, maybe it won’t.

I suggest using a 2-door car instead of a 4-door.  The 2-door car is smaller from front to back, but the actual front doors are wider, allowing extra transfer space. Also,  a car is better than almost any truck (puck-up, suv, etc) because it’s lower to the ground. The lower your car is to the ground the less you’ll need to hang out the doorway to break down your wheelchair.

The video below shows how I transfer to and from a car.  Included are a couple useful tips which can make the transfer process much less tedious.  Rather than spend the rest of your life hating the daily transfer process, I suggest taking an entire day (159+ days if needed) to find an easier way.  There’s always an easier way. Find it. What works for me may not work for you. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Again, I strongly recommend polishing the wheelchair to car transfer if you’re paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.  The level of psychological independence achieved when you can get in and out of your car with ease is incredible.

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  • Lindsay

    Thanks for posting this! I knew in theory how to do it but I learn way better by watching! I have a Ford Focus and have a standard chair right now, but ordering ultralight at end of month – can’t wait to be able to do this!

    • Jacob

      Sweet. Hopefully you’ll find it much easier to pop off the ultralight rigid wheels and throw in back seat with frame.

      • Lindsay

        Actually, realized yesterday I can fit my folding chair in my passenger seat reclined (albeit awkward) – it has quick release wheels too.
        So much easier!

    • Kacey McDaniel

      I loved my Ford Focus, until I had to use a wheelchair… I have a neurological condition, not SCI, meaning that my whole body has essentially been compromised… The strength in my arms has been diminished greatly by the nerve damage preventing my muscles from getting the proper signals… I also have extreme fatigue that comes out of nowhere… It makes getting in and out of my car difficult and at times actually impossible.
      Learning the hard way that I actually need a van with a lift to maintain my Independence.

  • Lindsay

    PS any tips on dealing with wet weather? My wheels slip a lot, my arms get wet, I can’t hold an umbrella normally. We get more rain in Atlanta than Seattle, so I can’t just “not” do things on drizzly days, but I look like a drowned cat!

    I’ve seen umbrella holders, and ponchos…not digging the poncho look.

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