Top Tips on Taking a WAV for a Test Drive


Used wheelchair access vehicles Norfolk

Buying a wheelchair access vehicle is a major investment, so it is important that you choose the one that is right for you. Test driving your prospective purchase will give you the chance to get a feel for how well it suits you and to identify any possible issues.

Ransome Mobility stock a wide range of nearly new and used wheelchair access vehicles and supply them to customers in Norfolk, Suffolk and across East Anglia. We take care to ensure the vehicles are suited to our customers’ individual requirements and can help you to find exactly what you are looking for. Here is our guide to the most important factors to consider for when taking a WAV for a test drive.

Safety Features

It’s important that the seatbelts can be used comfortably, and they may also have to be adjustable for drivers and passengers both with and without disabilities. If you are driving from a wheelchair, you will also need to be sure the visibility is good enough, particularly if you are likely to be reversing out of a driveway.

There are additional features available which can help you drive the vehicle more safely. Our expert team at Ransome Mobility can fit items such as easy release handbrakes and gearshifts, and the Carony drive system, which allows you to drive the vehicle from your wheelchair.

Is There Enough Space?

Storage for everything you need when travelling is an essential consideration when choosing a WAV. As well as having enough space for the wheelchair and hoists, there also needs to be enough room for any other equipment needed and for items of luggage. It’s also worth bearing in mind whether you may sometimes need to take extra passengers, or whether the vehicle will mainly be used just by one or two people.

Choose the Right Time of Day

If you are going to use your wheelchair vehicle for a particular journey, such as for journeys to work, then it makes sense to test drive it at the same time of day. That way, you can see how it performs in the traffic conditions which are likely to apply during your regular trips.

Comfort and Ease of Access

A key consideration with a wheelchair access vehicle is to ensure that the driver or passenger using the wheelchair can get in and out easily and without unnecessary loss of time. Are you more at ease getting in and out of vehicles with a ramp, or a lift? Practising getting in and out during the test drive will give a good idea of how practical the vehicle will be for you and whether any adaptations may be needed to make it easier to use.

Further Adjustments

Even if you like the vehicle and are sure it is the right one for you, a test drive may throw up some minor issue with it which could be improved. This is one of the areas where buying from specialist dealers is such a big advantage compared to a private purchase.

At Ransome Mobility we are experienced in installing car adaptations and making alternations such as changing ramps to lifts, moving out a passenger seat to make room for more equipment, or changing the position which the wheelchair occupies in the vehicle. With privately-sold WAVs, there is far less scope to make any alterations tailored to individual drivers or passengers.

We encourage people who are thinking about purchasing one of our WAVs to take them out on a test drive. If you find it difficult to get to our showroom, we will drive the vehicle to you, and we will explain all the controls and adaptations before you take it out on the road.

Click on the link to check out what nearly new and used wheelchair access vehicles we currently have in stock for people living in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.

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