Cars that are specially equipped to allow wheelchair access for passengers and drivers have significantly improved in terms of design and functionality over recent years. If you or someone you love has a disability, they no longer need to worry about being mobile over distances. The new generation of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles or WAVs are increasingly smart, high-tech and convenient to use.
Am I Eligible?
If you receive a government funded mobility allowance, you may be able to exchange this for the lease of a Wheelchair Accessible vehicle. If you’d like to find out more about whether or not you’re eligible to join the Motability Scheme, go to www.motability.co.uk.
Why Join the Motability Scheme?
The Motability Scheme comes with numerous benefits. Not only is your annual car tax taken care of, but you also receive full RAC breakdown coverage at no cost. Windshield replacement and repair, and tyre replacement is also included, along with a 60,000 mile allowance per year. Many specialist adaptations to WAVs can be completed free of charge. Another advantage of the Motability Scheme is that hundreds of car dealerships across the UK are involved, and they offer a wide range of WAV vehicles to choose from. Contact a registered dealer like Allied Mobility for more information.
Things to Consider When Choosing Your WAV
It’s important to think about what you will be using your Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle for, as this will determine the type of vehicle that will best suit your needs. Think about whether you’re going to use your car to visit family and friends locally, for grocery shopping, travelling to hospital appointments, school drop-offs, driving in slow traffic or making long journeys, for example on holiday. A small city car may be suitable for those who live in busy cities and only need their vehicle for short journeys. If you have a large family, you’ll need to select a bigger vehicle that can comfortable accommodate everyone. Think about how much motorway driving you’ll be doing and whether or not parking will be a problem for you. If you use a mobility aid like a scooter, this needs to fit comfortably in the car, and if you find changing gear difficult, it’s a good idea to consider an automatic drive vehicle. The seat height, positioning of seat belts, and the angle that doors open at can have a big impact on how comfortable the car is and how well-suited it is to your needs.