How to Choose a Motability Car
When obtaining a vehicle through the Motability Scheme, you can choose from over 3,000 cars and wheelchair accessible vehicles, so you are guaranteed to find the perfect vehicle to suit you specific needs.
Is it suitable?
Each person has different requirements, so make sure you know what features you need to help you travel with ease.
When looking at the range of vehicles available through Motability, look at the specific features of each vehicle and pick out the Motabilty cars that can fulfil all your travelling needs, then arrange a demonstration to try the vehicle out first hand.
If you are looking for wheelchair accessible vehicles, there are a number of features you can choose from.
Accessible features to look out for:
A lowered floor provides additional headroom for all passengers. This also allows for an easy ramp gradient aiding wheelchair passenger entry and exit. You can often find vehicles that offer a high roof conversion, which will also offer additional headroom.
Lowering suspension is available in some vehicles. This allows the vehicle to be lowered at the touch of a button, helping to decrease the ramp gradient when wheelchair users are entering and exiting the vehicle.
Folding rear seats are beneficial to those who also use the disabled car when the wheelchair passenger is not travelling in their wheelchair. The rear seats, which fold forward to make room for the wheelchair passenger, can fold back up so that they can be fully used. Therefore more seats are available when the wheelchair passenger transfers to the passenger seat and stows their wheelchair in the back of the vehicle.
An access ramp is an integral part of a motability car. Wheelchair ramps come in various shapes and sizes. Counterweights or springs make the ramp easier to fold in and out. Ramps with a low ramp gradient usually continue into the vehicle floor allowing for an even easier ascent. There are also new unique ramps offered by some that can fold flat to the vehicle floor when not in use creating valuable storage space.
Some people may prefer to use a remote controlled electric winch, which connects to the front of the wheelchair and helps to pull and guide the wheelchair passenger up the ramp. This is an ideal option for those who struggle to push the wheelchair passenger into the vehicle.
Knowing what you need in a vehicle will help to make your search that bit easier. By keeping in mind the features, which are most important to you, you will be sure to find your perfect wheelchair accessible vehicle.
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