What are the Main Adaptations for Wheelchair Access Vehicles?

Vehicle adaptations Hertfordshire – from Ransome Mobility

Wheelchair access vehicles can be modified in a number of ways – this is because users could be suffering from a variety of mobility issues, so they need to be easily adaptable. Any adaptations may also have to consider that the car may be used (or driven) by an able-bodied person as well.

Here at Ransome Mobility, experts when it comes to fitting vehicle adaptations for customers in Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and across East Anglia, we outline some of the commonest types of adaptations which we fit to our vehicles.


Access Adaptations

There are a number of adaptations which can be fitted to your WAV to help you (or your passenger) get in and out of the vehicle. These include:

Swivel Seats – these work by rotating the driver’s seat outwards, making it easier for someone with limited mobility to get in and out. They may be automatically or manually operated. For more details click here.

Vehicle Access Lifts – these can lift the wheelchair and the user together into the vehicle, either into a passenger seat or a driver’s seat. They also can be folded away once the person is safely inside and seated. For more details click here.

Bespoke Systems – at Ransome, we supply the Carony Turnout System, which combines a swivel seat inside the car with a dockable wheelchair – the user can effectively be slid from one to the other, without the need for any physical lifting. For more details click here.


Storage Solutions

Sometimes, drivers (or passengers) may be sufficiently mobile to get in and out of the vehicle themselves but may still need to use a wheelchair or mobility scooter to get to the car in the first place (or may need one at the other end once they have reached their destination).

Wheelchair Hoists – these lift up an empty wheelchair into the boot of the car. Wheelchair hoists are available in a variety of sizes, for example we offer a lightweight one which will lift up to 40kg or 80kg in weight, or a heavy-duty one which can lift up to 100kg, 150kg or 200kg.

Scooter Hoists – again, these come in similar sizes to wheelchair hoists – usually they can lift up and set down both types of vehicle – scooters and wheelchairs.

Be aware that scooter hoists can take up a lot of space in the back of your vehicle, so you want one that is as unobtrusive as possible; some people prefer rooftop stowage in the form of a box which sits on top of your vehicle and the scooter or wheelchair can be hoisted into. However, there could be security issues as the scooter or wheelchair is open to public view.


Driving Aids

The third type of vehicle adaptation is one that allows the disabled person to actually drive the car if they would not be able to do so otherwise. There are many different types, to match the many different disabilities or mobility issues that drivers can suffer from. They include:

Push and Pull Hand Controls – these are used if you have limited mobility in your legs and can’t operate the foot pedals in an automatic vehicle. They can be fitted outside the steering column, but at Ransome Mobility we prefer to fit them inside; this creates extra space and makes it easier for other (able-bodied) people to drive the vehicle. For more details click here.

Twin-Flip or Left-Foot Accelerators – again, if you have limited mobility in your right leg or foot you might find it difficult to depress the accelerator pedal in an automatic vehicle, where you don’t have to worry about any clutch pedal. So, the accelerator could be switched to the left of the brake pedal permanently or switched back and forth (twin-flip) if disabled and able-bodied people are going to drive the WAV. For more information click here.

Wireless Keypad Controls – if you have limited mobility in your arms or hands you might find it easier to operate certain functions in your vehicle (such as the horn, lights and the indicators) by the touch of a button – wireless controls allow you to do this. For further details click here.

Steering Wheel Knobs and Balls – these are also useful for people with limited use of their hands (or who only have one hand). They allow you to use the steering wheel without the need to grip it. For more information click here.

Easy-Release Handbrakes and Gear Sticks – again these are suitable for people who have limited use of their hands. The former is vehicle-specific and is installed on top of any existing handbrake, while the latter uses a handle to depress the button on the gear stick so you don’t need to use your thumb or fingers.

The Carony Drive System – not only do Carony help you get in and out of the vehicle via the Turnout System, they also provide a powered wheelchair which you don’t need to get out of to drive your wheelchair access vehicle. For more details click here.


Vehicle Adaptations in Hertfordshire and East Anglia from Ransome Mobility

If you would like to know more about any of the modifications we can fit to any wheelchair access vehicle, call us on 01473 727263. At Ransome our experienced team can modify your vehicle in line with your exact requirements.  You can also follow this link and fill in the online form.

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