More and more disabled individuals are joining the roads each year. This is fantastic as it provides a great deal of independence to those with a disability and this only looks set to continue.
The key reason for this is the advancement of adapted and accessible automobiles that are now available. Technology has come on leaps and bounds in recent years and now there are adaptations that can be made to help those with many different disabilities. Hand controls for the pedals, wheelchair accessible vehicles and steering controlled by a joystick are just a few of the examples of adaptations that are enabling those with a disability to get behind the wheel or be a passenger.
As with any vehicle purchase, it is essential that you find the right automobile that is fully equipped, and that it suits and matches your needs. To find the perfect vehicle for your family, you will need to consider a few different factors.
Firstly, you must decide what adaptations need to be made and this will depend on the individual. If the automobile needs to be wheelchair accessible, you have options such as a ramp or lift to consider. To decide on this, it is best to speak to specialists like Allied Mobility who will be able to advise you on the must suitable model for your needs
Size is another crucial factor to think about. You must consider how many people will typically be in the vehicle and whether or not you require storage space for a wheelchair or any other large item. It also imperative that there is enough legroom and movability space inside the car as well.
Identify what the vehicle will typically be used for. Is it for city or highway use? Will it be used to drive to work and will parking be a concern? Will it be used to pick kids up or go shopping? These are just a few aspects that need to be considered so that you can select the perfect accessible vehicle. It’s easy to get carried away with all the new mod cons and extras a new can bring, but it’s more imperative it’s a car that will compliment and suit your needs for driving.
It is also worth checking to see if you qualify for the Motability Scheme. This allows disabled individuals to use their mobility allowance to lease an adapted vehicle. To be eligible, you must receive either the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment, or the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement. It is advisable to have a good read and check through these scheme first before enquiring.
Demonstration & Test
Before making the plunge, always ask for a home demonstration and take the automobile out for a test drive – this will show you how it works and whether or not it is the right vehicle for your particular needs.
Wheelchair accessible vehicles have transformed the lives of many disabled individuals, but it is important to find the right vehicle for your needs.