For some power chair users, a rear-wheel drive system offers more of what they require in an electric wheelchair for their specific mobility needs.
About Rear-Wheel Drive Motorized Chairs
Rear-wheel drive power wheelchairs date back to the days when power chairs were designed much like manual wheelchairs - except, of course, for the battery and the mobility wheelchair motor.
Two large wheels, the source of the chair's driving power, were typically positioned towards the rear of the chair, with smaller caster wheels located at the front.
Today, other power wheelchair drive options are available. Nonetheless, there are still power chair users who find benefit in rear-wheel drives and prefer them as the solution to their specific mobility, comfort, and lifestyle needs.
Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) Power Wheelchairs: Benefits and Features
Wider turning radius for smooth navigation in open space and in outdoor areas
Heightened performance capability combined with the additional support of swing-away footrests
Large weight-bearing wheels and anti-tip casters increase riding security
Rear-wheel drive power chairs are most commonly used by individuals who require a chair that's both powerful and easy-to-maneuver in a variety of environments. Some users prefer the extra speed of an RWD chair, while others simply like the way this type of wheel drive handles.
This article is for general information and educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. A mobility specialist, an assistive technology professional (ATP) and/or a specialist in occupational or physical rehabilitative therapy can offer assistance in selecting the most appropriate power chair wheel drive system.