Choosing a new car can be a tiresome task – it’s usually a big and costly purchase and one you want to make sure will last you for a few years at least so it’s important to get it right. It can be an even harder task if you or your passengers are disabled as it means that you need your car to be suitable for any needs you may have.
Room Inside The Car – This may sound as though it’s not important but if you have a disability that means your legs don’t or can’t move easily then the positioning of seats and possibly the steering wheel needs to be considered. My grandad had polio as a small child and was left disabled. He couldn’t walk normally and always with straight legs. He found it difficult to get in and out of cars so he rarely went anywhere as he got older because he always felt he had no room. He loved to drive a Robin Reliant until he was unable to drive anymore as he said that they were comfier for him to drive. I’m not sure how true this was but he sure did love his three-wheelers.
Vehicle Height – Cars come in all shapes and sizes. Although that little 3 door might look cute if you or your passenger has trouble getting in a car that’s low down or doesn’t have easy access to the back seats it’s really not going to be the car for you. Think how easy it is to get in and out of the car on a regular basis. Can you or your passenger get to your seat easily? if the answer is no look for something that is slightly bigger and taller.
Boot Space – If you or your passenger needs a wheelchair or a folding mobility scooter, you need to take this into consideration when choosing your car. You have to think how easy it is to take out and put your chair or scooter away and what other items you need to fit in your car such as your weekly food shop.
Adaptability – If you have limited use of your legs or only have one hand then your car needs to be adapted for hand controls on or under the steering wheel to be fitted. This isn’t an expensive or massively time-consuming adaption to make to your car but you do need to know if your car can be adapted in the first place.
Door Opening Access – This is probably quite an important thing to take into consideration before you purchase your next car. How wide does the boot open? – you need to be able to get your chair or scooter in and out easily. Also, how do the doors open for getting in an out of the car? Do they slide? open outwards or are they suicide style?
Is there anything I have forgotten? If so, let me know in the comments below.
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