Three things to be aware of when adapting a car for a disabled user
If you are adapting your car to be more accessible for disabled passengers then here are some things you should keep in mind.
It can be a very daunting undertaking worrying about the costs of adapting your vehicle to be more functional for your disabled passengers. But it shouldn’t be, there are lots of cost affective solutions you can look to.
Although having a car adapted so that it is suitable for your needs will cost money, it may be possible to get some financial assistance towards this. Allied Fleet can offer a quotation for any of our standard models, bespoke conversions and additional equipment needs at very reasonable prices.
One of the most important things you should consider when adapting your vehicle for people with disabilities is the comfort of your passengers if they are in a wheelchair or have missing limbs.
It is possible to have your car adapted for foot operation of the horn and direction indicators for passengers you have a weakened or missing arm. If they use an artificial arm it may also be possible to drive using a specially fitted limb attachment affixed to your steering wheel, or even adapt your car to have foot controlled steering.
If your passengers’ have a disability that affects their legs than you should consider automatic transmission, as this avoids the need to use the clutch pedal. It is also possible to move the pedals to suit your stronger leg, or it is possible to have a car adapted for hand control
If yourself or your passengers’ are in a wheelchair then you need to prioritise their ability to get to and from the vehicle easily and quickly. It is possible to use accessories such as a board and lifting belts to help with this. Also available are specially adapted vehicles that can enable you to drive a wheelchair into them.
You may also find it easier if you have to park your vehicle on the road, to move from your car to where you live if a drop-kerb is available. If one is not outside your home it may be worth contacting your local council to find out if one can be installed.
So if you follow these steps you can make sure that your disabled passengers’ are taken care of and can enjoy a smooth and easy journey whether they are going on a short journey or a long drive.