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he first brand-new Cabin Car mobility scooter has been delivered to a happy customer, who is set to enjoy features including reverse camera parking sensors. Mrs Jordan in Knightswood, Glasgow, is is delighted with her purchase from Mobility Solutions. It is the world’s first scooter with reverse camera parking sensors, remote central locking and a heater. In fact, the Cabin Car has many comforts of a car whilst still being a mobility scooter. Mrs Jordan said, “I’ve been telling everyone about it, all of my friends are desperate to see it and I can’t wait to show it off. “All of the features will help me so much, if I was going out before I would have to wrap up with lots of layers but now I can just turn the heating on!” Sarah from Mobility Solutions is pleased to have been involved in the process, from initial demonstration through to delivery. She said, “The Cabin Car is a real head turner and packed with features, it’s just like a little car. A truly great part of my job is seeing our customers so happy and excited, and I know how much of a difference it will make to her.” Kieron Macfarlane, retail manager at Mobility Solutions, tells us why the Cabin Car is a great option for people with mobility issues… Why would you recommend the Cabin Car to those with mobility issues? The Cabin Car has been designed from the ground up to be the perfect mobility scooter – it’s range and ease of operation are perfect even for users who lack fine motor control. The stylish design stands out from the crowd and the range of options including custom colours, upgraded batteries and sports seat all combine to make it the ultimate in
mobility vehicles. How do the features of the Cabin Car help improve lives? The Scooterpac Cabin Car is designed to solve many of the issues faced daily by people with mobility problems. Standard equipment includes reversing cameras and extra large wing mirrors to aids visibility without the need to turn the head or body. The internal heater keeps the car warm in even the snowiest weather, allowing users with arthritis and other temperature-aggravated conditions to travel pain-free all year round. How is the Cabin Car powered and how long can it be driven for? Driven by a powerful 1400w motor and dual 75Ah batteries (100Ah upgrades available), the Cabin Car has the speed and endurance to cover 22 miles and that jumps to 30 miles if you upgrade the batteries. What kind of discounts/funding can people with mobility issues
get to save on the cost price (£8,998 inc VAT)? Because the Cabin Car is designed from the ground up as a mobility scooter it falls under the standard Class 3 regulations for mobility products – that means no driving licence, tax or insurance are required. Funding for the Cab Car can be secured from any source that would fund a “traditional” mobility scooter, whether that is government grants, charitable donations or mobility/ Motability schemes. The Cabin Car is available to purchase on mobilitysolutions. co.uk, or to discuss the various payment plans and optional extras, email info@
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*Model shown is MY23 Toyota bZ4X Pure 71.4kWh [11kW] FWD at £995 Advance Payment. Subject to availability. Available as part of the Motability Contract Hire Scheme. Please note that a total of 60,000 miles over three years are allowed on the Motability Contract Hire Scheme. Offer valid between 1st October 2023 and 31st December 2023. Motability Scheme vehicles are leased to customers by Motability Operations Limited (Registered Company No.1373876), City Gate House, 22 Southwark Bridge Road, London, SE1 9HB. To qualify you must be in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), the Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS) or the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) and applications must be made with participating dealers between 1st October 2023 and 31st December 2023. Prices are correct at time of print, are subject to availability and may change. Official fuel consumption figures in mpg (l/100km): n/a. Combined CO2 emissions: 0g/km. [Battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging.] Figures are provided for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and/or electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results. Fuel consumption, CO2 produced and electric range can vary significantly depending on a number of factors, including the accessories fitted (post-registration), driving style, conditions, speed and vehicle load. All models and grades are certified according to the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). More information can be found by visiting: www.vehicle-certification-agency.gov.uk/fcb/wltp.asp.
utomatic cars are as popular as ever, and they can often be easier to dive if you're living with a disability. So, if you currently have a manual and you’re thinking about switching, should you buy a new automatic car or convert your vehicle? Here, Mark Barclay from GSF Car Parts gives his advice to help you decide. The number of automatic cars on Britain's roads has increased by around 70% since 2007, according to data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (as reported by The Telegraph). But why are they so popular? An automatic vehicle contains something called a torque converter, which transfers the power from the engine to the transmission. It takes the place of the clutch pedal in a manual and, because you don’t need to manually change gear, drivers across the UK are preferring the ease and safety with which they can drive an automatic. And, for people living with a disability, not having to press the clutch pedal or even move the gear stick while driving can make things a whole lot easier. With automatic transmission becoming increasingly more popular in the form of electric and hybrid vehicles, it's likely that manual cars will disappear from the UK's roads in a matter of years (RAC). So, if you haven't already, you should make the switch. Automatic car on side of tree filled roadBut if you currently have a manual, how can you change to an automatic? Buy new Trading your car in for an automatic model would be the easiest choice, and you'll have the added benefit of some more modern technologies and extra perks that are only available in newer car models. But often automatic cars can be more expensive to buy than a manual vehicle, even if you buy second-hand. And, if you already have modifications made to your car, like a people lift or wheelchair hoist, you're going to have
to reinstall them which could end up costing you even more money. Convert to automatic Converting a manual car to an automatic is quite a common modification for people who have disabilities that can affect their mobility, which could make manual driving a challenge. But a full modification could also prove difficult and could be more expensive than buying a new car. Because automatic cars are controlled through an internal computer, your car's existing computer will need to be removed, replaced and rewired as part of the conversion process. This is why older cars are often easier to convert to automatic, since they tend to have much fewer computerised parts. A mechanic will also need to replace the gearbox console and engine control unit, remove the manual clutch system and install the automatic transmission, among other things. Opt for a semi-automatic Converting to an automatic can be an extremely complicated and specialist process. That's why it can often be a better option to convert to a semi-automatic, which uses the
same computers as an automatic in the place of a clutch pedal, but all the other manual components can remain. This means that you'll be able to switch gears manually with the gear stick, without having to use the clutch pedal. Because fewer components need to be removed or replaced, the conversion process to turn your manual into a semiautomatic is often a lot easier and cheaper to carry out than if you were to convert to a fully automatic transmission. However, the movement from one gear to another isn't as smooth as in a fully automatic or manual vehicle, so you may want to consider a dualclutch transmission, which uses one clutch to control even-numbered gears and another to control the odd numbers. This allows for a much smoother transition and doesn't require a clutch pedal, so this may be the best option if you want to keep all your other modifications but remove the clutch. Making the switch to an automatic could be a lifechanging move if you're driving with a disability. Whether you choose to buy a new car or convert your current one, the tips in this guide will help you decide which option is the best for you.
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6 Benefits of Owning a Mobility Scooter
here are many reasons as to why you may need a mobility scooter. Whatever those reasons may be, a mobility scooter is a significant investment. Increase Accessibility Modern mobility scooters fit in brilliantly with the everchanging ways in which people socialise. With shopping centres and public spaces constantly improving accessibility, it is becoming much, much easier for mobility scooter users to access these sorts of places. Another benefit is that portable mobility scooters can usually be taken on public transport. Injury Prevention Whether you’re older or just don’t have the physical strength, falls that cause injury become a real risk. With the aid of a mobility scooter, chances of fall-related injuries are decreased significantly.
Home Demonstration Investing your time and money into a product feels much more satisfying when it comes from a supplier who has years of experience in helping those with limited mobility. Companies such as Fenetic Wellbeing offer home demonstration on their mobility scooters for a small fee. Home demonstrations are a terrific way to get handson information from a specialist. Simple to Operate Certain mini/portable boot and mid-range mobility scooters such as the Sterling Sapphire 2 can be assembled in less than a minute. The majority of mobility scooters are incredibly simple to manoeuvre and operate, wherever you wish to use them. You can recharge the batteries from the comfort of your own home. Be sure to read the manufacturers
guide, or ask about the correct way to charge your mobility scooter, as overcharging will cause a gradual decrease in power. Increased Independence Mobility scooters are ideal for those who tire easily. It is essentially an electric vehicle that allows you to get out and about without the use of an assistant or carer. Be sure to consult your doctor to ensure that the health benefits offered by a mobility scooter are right for you. There Is A Scooter for Every Need People are different and have different requirements. Fenetic Wellbeing organises them into three main categories, based on the most popular uses for each type of scooter. Below is some information that can help determine which mobility scooter is right for you: • Mini/portable scooters are the smallest type
of mobility scooter available. They are very lightweight and designed for everyday use, making them ideal for days out trips to the supermarket. Mid-range scooters are a medium sized scooter designed for longer journeys and suitable for either indoor or outdoor use. Larger than their mini counterparts, comfort and versatility comes from robust suspension to handle rough terrain, a fully adjustable chair, and pneumatic tyres as standard. Road legal (class 3) mobility scooters are the largest and most comfortable type of mobility scooters on the market. All road legal mobility scooters have lights, indicators, horn, and rear-view mirrors to comply with legislation. They do not, however, require a license or insurance to use.
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How adapted vehicles have changed since 1946
ur independence is everything. Indulging in a bit of retail therapy or a trip to the football watching your team win or, regrettably, lose — it’s something we all need. And adapted vehicles play a huge part in this for people who have disabilities. In the UK today, around 20% of the population are registered disabled, with just under half of that figure wheelchair bound. The journeys that we make each and everyday are simply not possible for some of those people without assistance from someone else. Technological advances within the motor industry have increased tenfold since the turn of the millennium. Now, in 2019, driverless cars, a concept that seemed like a pipe dream way back when, could finally be paving way on the roads of the UK. History Back in 1946, the NHS was beginning
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to find its feet, simultaneously as hundreds of thousands of injured service men and women returned from the war. Bert Greeves, a French-born engineer and motorcycle enthusiast, invented the very first accessible motordriven trike, to give some form of independence back to his cousin Derek. These vehicles were designed for one person and certain models could reach up to 82mph – alongside the isolation these vehicles brought, they also weren’t particularly stylish, with even their owners referring to them as ‘noddy cars’. Adaptions For someone with a disability, it isn’t just a case of arriving at their local showroom and picking out the car they want based on horse power or it’s in-built surround system. The added extras that could potentially be added are going to be
a need rather than a want. For those who have difficulty applying pressure to the standard issue pedals, hand controls such as a push/pull lever can be fitted. Similarly, pedal modifications can be made, allowing drivers to adjust the position of the pedals when hitting the road. Back when Knight Rider appeared on our screens, no one can deny being fascinated, and a tad jealous, by David Hasselhoff’s ability to speak to his car. Voice activation in the car is no longer a concept that you have to pull out your old VHS player for — it’s readily available with a simplistic Bluetooth feature in your car. Have you ever considered how much of a difference this function could make to someone with a disability on their daily journeys? Making a call home, navigating through a busy city centre or even turning the temperature up and down, can all be done via a voice
command. Northern Irish woman Alison Lockhart who suffers from spina bifida suggests: “Having a vehicle professionally adapted to suit your needs opens up so many opportunities in employment and social activities, that otherwise would have been virtually impossible.” Alison requires a wheelchair and recently purchased her new car that includes various adjustments including a steering ball. Working more than 20 miles from her house, her life would be completely different without her own car. Front to the Future Having taken a brief look at the past, now let’s assess what the future holds for developments within the motoring industry and how it can further assist the lives of those living with disability. The news as of late is awash with the latest updates of autonomous vehicles – one simply can’t get away from it. Realistically, it won’t be any time soon before we see the arrival of
driverless cars on our roads, however the UK government are set to amend the laws regarding the area within the next two years. We have recently seen Google testing their new project, Waymo, labelled the world’s most experienced driver — and it’s a far cry away from Bernard Greeve’s initial development. Reports have already discussed how the cars will reduce the stress of parking, as they find the space for us. Similarly, free time will be in abundance due to the reduced hours spent behind a wheel when we could be doing so much else. But, more importantly, these advances could ultimately provide independence for millions of people across the world otherwise restricted by their disability. The developed technologies touched on above, dating right back to 1946, have proved to be particularly beneficial in aiding those with disabilities to get from the metaphorical A to B. However, the future looks to hold a whole lot more for adapted vehicles.
f you’re finding driving or travelling is becoming more difficult or uncomfortable, a brand new car adapted to suit your needs could help. With the Motability Scheme, you can use your higher rate mobility allowance to lease a brand new car fitted with adaptations to help make accessing or driving a car, or stowing a wheelchair or mobility scooter easier for you or your carer. A Motability Scheme lease typically lasts for three years and includes any servicing, maintenance or repairs for either the car or the adaptations. Click the link below to use our interactive tool and explore our full range of adaptations, with videos showing each type of adaptation in action. Or if you’d like to speak to an adaptations installer about your needs and which combination of cars and adaptations might be suitable, you can find an adaptations installer. Do not forget: 1. Not all adaptations are suitable for every type of car; it’s all about compatibility of car and adaptation. That’s why it’s so important to consider the adaptations you need before you choose your car 2. Adaptation installers are the best people to give advice on which adaptations might best suit your needs, especially if you are considering stowage or access adaptations 3. Not all adaptations on the Scheme are available from every installer. Once you know what you need, if the supplier you have been considering cannot supply it simply speak to another of our Scheme installers
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Choosing a wheelchair adapted vehicle
aving a disability does not necessarily mean that you shouldn’t be able to go about everyday life in a different manner to anybody else. From ramps to get into the office to wet floor showers, there have been many methods to assisting wheelchair users live and prosper independently. If you do suffer from mobility issues, it is important that when buying a car it is adapted suitably to your specific needs. Knowing what you need will stand you in good stead and being unsure is the first obstacle when it comes to choosing a vehicle that will be of use to you. There are many different points to consider when purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle. How will you get your chair in your vehicle? It can be a difficult and laborious task to get a wheelchair in a car. Although there have been plenty of advancements in the design of wheelchairs in recent years, a lot of them can be fairly bulky and troublesome to shift. Exactly how your chair will get in your new vehicle will depend heavily on the design and style you have. You may have a chair that can be easily disassembled and able to fit in your car handily. Larger electric chairs that cannot be dismantled may require a wheelchair accessible van rather than a car. Be sure you know what size vehicle you need before committing to purchasing anything. What size vehicle do you need? The amount of room inside you wheelchair adapted vehicle may be very limited
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once your chair, passengers and luggage is all in. You need to be sure that anything you need to carry with you regularly is able to fit comfortably in your car. Any manoeuvres that you as wheelchair user will need to carry out also require enough room – you don’t want to be stuck helpless unable to move. There may also be a possibility that you will need to upgrade to a larger wheelchair in the future. It may be best to make sure that the vehicle you buy is able to accommodate a bigger chair in the future.
he Motability scheme is great for those with a disability to be able to continue their everyday life. However, although many know they can get a car, not everyone knows to what extent they can alter it to suit their needs. Here, we look at what the Motability scheme is, how you qualify and how you can change a vehicle or choose an adapted vehicle under the scheme. How do I qualify for the Motability scheme? The scheme was set up in 1978 to allow disabled people to be able to move more freely so they aren’t confined to their home. Since then, over four and a half million cars, scooters and powered wheelchairs have been provided to those who require them. There are several ways in which you may qualify for the scheme. If you currently receive benefits due to a disability or illness that limits your movement, you can use this benefit to pay for certain Motabilityvehicles. These could include anything from a car, to a mobility scooter or a powered wheelchair. However, it’s important to remember that you will be leasing the vehicle and if your benefits stop, then you’ll need to return it.
Where will everyone sit? Bearing in mind that your wheelchair is the most important seating consideration when it comes to buying your new vehicle, you should ponder where other travellers will sit. Many wheelchair adapted vehicles enable a person in a chair to remain in it without the need to sit in a different seat. In most cases, the wheelchair user sits behind the front seats and usually towards the back of the car. There are options to accommodate you should you wish to sit up front however so consider where you yourself would like to be seated. Wherever you are to sit, it is worth making sure that you can see out of a window and hear other passengers so that you don’t feel isolated. How much will it cost? Although you may consider a wheelchair accessible vehicle a must for you and your family, everybody has a price they cannot exceed. Honestly, the cost of your vehicle will ultimately depend on what model and adaptations are required. A lot of wheelchair adapted vehicles dealers
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provide discounts in order to help disabled people be able to travel. There are charities nationwide that will do what they can to help with any costs. There are also certain people and vehicles that are either part or wholly exempt from paying road taxes. Be sure to know up front what costs you are going to incur on your new vehicle.
Will the new vehicle be safe? Regardless of the vehicle type, safety is paramount on road. Wheelchair adapted vehicles may need a little more contemplation. Before you buy, make sure that these restraints stop your wheelchair from rolling and moving.
Other scenarios in which you could claim are: • If you have received Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) or War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement for at least 12 months. • If you’ve been awarded the enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payments (PIP) for a minimum of 12 months. • If you have received the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for at least one year.
for someone else to drive if you don’t have a licence yourself. Altering your vehicle to fit your needs There are over 400 adaptations that you can choose from if you need to alter your car. These devices are fitted to help you get the most out of your travelling experience and make you as comfortable as possible. It’s normal that customers choose their adaptations before they lease the car, meaning that any required maintenance will be covered in the cost of your lease. However, it’s still possible to make changes after your lease begins, but you will then risk paying for maintenance as well as needing to seek authorization for any changes to your vehicle. Driving, stowage and access are the three types of adaptions you can choose from. They can vary from a simple attachment, to removing the existing controls and replacing them with a system that has been individually designed for you. Driving adaptations can include hand controls, electronic accelerators, left foot accelerators, pedal modifications, steering aids and remote-control devices. On the Motability scheme, you can adapt your car by introducing either a boot hoist or rooftop stowage unit. Both work via the touch of a button to easily store your equipment. These stowage systems are also transferrable if you change your vehicle.
Also, if you aren’t mobile, getting into a vehicle can sometimes be a hard task. With transfer plates, electric person hoists and swivel seats, there are options available to aid you. All of these adaptations can be demonstrated before you choose the one that best suits your needs. You can also modify your car in the same way you could with a car outside of the Motability scheme. These optional extras include the likes of a spoiler, alloy wheels, parking sensors and a car stereo. Once you return you car, you don’t have to remove any modifications, but if you do, you’ll have to pay to restore the vehicle to its original condition. Motability vehicles are a great help to those who require them and by knowing that you can adapt them in ways to help you, the Motability Scheme is one that is definitely worth looking into if you’re disabled.
You can claim for a Motability vehicle for a child who is over three years old and requires transportation. You may also be able to claim and choose a car
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Driving with a disability: everything you need to know
iving with a disability can make an impact on things many people take for granted, but that doesn’t have to mean losing out on the freedom of driving. While technological improvements are making it easier to drive, it’s important to know the full facts about driving with a disability to make sure you stay safe and legal on the roads. Get up to speed by reading our guide on everything you need to know about driving with disabilities.
drive, but it’s essential you inform the DVLA of your condition. If you’re a new driver living with a disability who’s applying for a provisional licence, you should declare all disabilities and medical conditions on the application form you send to the DVLA or you face a fine of £1,000. If you’re a qualified driver who has developed a ‘notifiable’ medical condition or disability, you will also need to inform the DVLA immediately of all changes to your physical condition.
Can I drive if I’m disabled? Probably, although it largely depends on your individual circumstances. Due to the modifications that can be made to cars to adapt to disabled motorists’ needs, there are plenty of opportunities for people living with disabilities to
How do I learn to drive if I’m disabled? If you’re unsure about applying for your provisional licence, you can seek help from a ‘driving mobility’ assessment centre, where professionals can provide you with advice on whether you’d meet the medical standards for
driving. If you get a provisional licence, you may be able to find a specially-trained instructor in your local area that has a tuition car modified for disabled drivers, although these adaptations are likely to be fairly basic. Should you need more specific vehicle modifications, you may have to consider buying your own car that meets your needs. Many instructors will be happy to provide lessons in your own car. Is the driving test different for disabled people? Regardless of the severity of your disability, you will still need to take the same theory and practical driving test if you want to become a qualified driver, although some considerations can be made for your condition in both parts. When booking your practical or theory test, inform the centre if you think you’ll need any special provision. This could include extra time to allow the examiner to talk you through any modifications or extra information you may require. You will be able to take the practical test in a car that meets your needs, whether manual, automatic or specially modified. The examiner will record any restriction codes, which will then appear on your driving licence. Can I keep my licence if I become disabled? If you’re returning to driving following illness or injury that has left you
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with a disability or physical impairment, it’s likely you’ll need to inform the DVLA of your condition, although your doctor should be able to advise if you’re unsure. The DVLA will assess your condition and decide whether you need a new or shorter licence, a modified car, or if you need to give up your licence completely for a designated period of time. You should also inform the DVLA if you’re diagnosed with a ‘notifiable’ medical condition such as diabetes, epilepsy or glaucoma, which could affect your ability to drive. Should I buy a different car if I’m disabled? The type of car you should drive will largely depend on the type of car you are qualified to drive from the restriction codes on your licence. For example, if you passed in an automatic then you will need to drive an automatic – you won’t be qualified to drive a manual. Similarly, if you passed in a modified car you’ll need to drive a vehicle with the same modifications. Modified cars can help make several aspects of driving easier for motorists, including use of the foot pedals, steering wheel, gear stick/handbrake and even other controls like indicators, headlights, and windscreen washers. For those who struggle to operate foot pedals, modifications are available to provide hand controls, while other adaptations can also be implemented for more serious disabilities.
Can I drive with a mental illness? If you’re living with a mental health problem that could impact upon your driving, you need to inform the DVLA so they can assess if you’re safe to continue driving, or whether you should give up driving for a period of time. These conditions include psychosis, bipolar disorder, psychotic depression, schizophrenia and paranoid schizophrenia. On the advice of your GP, you may also need to inform the DVLA if you have any mental health problems that affect your ability to drive, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder. Can I drive with a learning disability? Learning disabilities which affect the way an individual learns new things throughout their life, can seriously impact on your ability to drive and you need to inform the DVLA of your condition or face a fine of up to £1,000. If you’re living with a learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, you don’t need to inform the DVLA – although you may wish to inform your theory test centre if you require additional help or time to take the test. What’s a Blue Badge permit? If you’re living with a disability or health condition that impacts on your mobility, you might be eligible for a Blue Badge permit, which will allow you to park closer to your destination, whether you’re the driver or the passenger. When correctly displayed in your vehicle, a Blue Badge permit lets you park in demarcated onstreet parking bays – but be aware that off-street car parks such as those in supermarkets and hospitals
are often governed by different rules. If you have a Blue Badge, you’re eligible for our RAC Blue Badge breakdown cover including at-home and roadside services, which means the patrol will know you’re a badge holder before they reach you. Can I drive abroad if I’m disabled? Generally speaking, you shouldn’t have any problems driving abroad if you’re disabled, although it’s always important to research the country you’re visiting beforehand to keep up-to-date with any requirements you may need. If you’re driving in France, for example, a disabled badge will often allow you to park your vehicle in a designated space and sometimes for free, even if the space is in a fee-paying area. Before travelling abroad, you should always ensure you have breakdown cover for the entirety of your journey and that you’re covered by your insurance for the length of your stay
out of the country. Does being disabled affect my car tax? You can apply for an exemption from paying car tax if you receive the higher rate mobility component of DLA or the enhanced rate mobility component of PIP. The exempt vehicle must be registered in your name or your nominated driver’s name and be used only for your personal needs. You can only register for one vehicle tax exemption at any one time. If you receive the standard rate mobility component of PIP you can get a 50% reduction in vehicle tax. You can’t get a car tax reduction if you receive the lower rate mobility component of DLA. Does being disabled affect my car insurance? The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 made it illegal for any insurers to refuse cover for a disabled person on grounds of their disability, or charge more for an insurance policy on grounds of their disability. When getting a quote, you may need to speak
directly to the providers to ensure your premium would cover your specific needs, such what kind of courtesy car you would need, or any named drivers you require on your policy. If you’re unsure whether your current cover meets your specific needs, contact your provider and speak to a representative. Failing to tell your provider of any disability or medical condition could see you invalidate your cover. What other transport options are there for disabled people? If you don’t feel confident driving with a disability or simply prefer to use public transport in your day-today life, there are plenty of options in the UK for people living with disabilities. In addition to getting a bus pass for free travel, many buses are modified to provide access for wheelchairs, while Network Rail also offers reduced fares for disabled travellers.
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Considerations When Adapting a Car for a Disabled User
heelchair accessible transportation can be a huge problem for those with a disability and/or those that care for someone with a disability. Public transportation can be difficult and unreliable, plus it does not always get you to where you need to go. Fortunately, in recent times there have been some incredible advances in disability friendly motoring with many vehicles now available for those with a disability to either drive themselves or ride as passenger safely and comfortably. Freedom Disabled vehicles are important because they can provide a tremendous amount of freedom and independence to those with disabilities. Whether this is making it possible to get a job and easily commute or carry out the weekly shopping, these vehicles can transform lives and take all of the stress out of transportation.
Wheelchair accessible Adaptations Of course, different disabilities have different limitations so there are certain things to be aware of when adapting a car for a disabled user. First, it is important to identify what aspect of motoring poses a challenge for the individual. If they have difficulty steering, a joystick could be used instead of the steering wheel. If it is a problem with using the pedals, hand controlled triggers could be used to control accelerating and braking. There are many other types of adaptation to consider too. Accessibility It is also important to think about access. If the user has a wheelchair, the vehicles will need to be adapted so that it can be a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV). These vehicles utilise a ramp or lift with a high point of entry and the ability to safely secure the wheelchair whilst inside. These vehicles can be
Which is Best for Your Mobility? journey, on a coach or a train for example, the TriWalker is the walker you want. The benefit of its triangular frame means it can be easily folded away and neatly stored until the journey’s end, without taking up room and making your transition from travelling to walking even easier.
adapted by specialists like Allied Mobility who will provide a tailored service to provide a vehicle that meets your exact needs. Usage Wheelchair accessible In addition to these important factors, it is also worth considering how the vehicle will typically be used. This will include thinking about how many passengers there will be most of the time, whether a lot of storage space is needed, whether it will be used mainly in the city or on the motorway etc. This will enable you to determine whether it is
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Rollator or Triwalker:
best to opt for a compact disabled car or a larger disabled van. The advances in disability motoring can transform lives and provide a huge amount of freedom to those with a disability. In order to get the most out of the vehicle, it is important to consider the above to determine what adaptations need to be made and what the best type of automobile is. For more information on wheelchair accessible vehicles please visit www. alliedmobility.com/disabledcars-vehicles/ or please call 0808 301 7258 or please follow our facebook at @alliedmobility
ith so many options for your mobility assistance around these days, it’s difficult to know what to choose. Each mobility user has different needs, routines, and requirements for their day, and finding a walker that will work for you can be a tough job with so much equipment to choose from. To make your decision a little bit easier, leading mobility aid retail providers Manage at Home are comparing their two most popular walkers. The Rollator is a wide four wheeled frame with a basket and brakes, and whereas the Tri-Walker is a narrower three wheeled mobility frame. Considering issues such as their weight, support, ease of use and additional functions, the Rollator and the Triwalker have been put through their paces to decide just which walker will work for you. Shopping Trips We understand that when you have limited mobility, a simple trip to the shops can be a much bigger challenge than anticipated. You need to feel supported, with the peace of mind
that your walker can get you there and back with no complications. Whilst the Triwalker does have its merits during shopping trips, being equipped with thinner frames for those difficult aisle turns and easy manoeuvrability, the Rollator is designed to be sturdy enough even during the longest trips. Its shock absorbent wheels are ideal for getting down the uneven high street roads, most frames have a preinstalled basket for carrying heavy items and they even come with a seat for restful stops between stores.
Walking the Dog If you refuse to let limited mobility stand between you and your favourite stroll, then you’ll need a walker that supports all of your rambling needs. Luckily, both of our walkers are fully equipped for those longer stretches, so you never need to miss out on an
afternoon jaunt. The Rollator, for example, has the strong handles, wide frame and comfortable grip for those who need more upper body strength to keep them walking, whereas the Tri-Walker has the nimble frame and optional basket hooks for lighter, uphill treks. Only you know what goes into your day, and what you want your walker to help you achieve. So, whether you’re a stroller, shopper or seasoned traveller, taking a Tri-Walker or a Rollator home with you can help to support, balance and improve your mobility when out and about.
Travelling on Public Transport Whether you’re planning a day out, visiting friends, or simply heading to an appointment, public transport is a necessary part of life for those with limited mobility. So, it’s important that whatever walker you choose can work with that, and will be a help rather than a hindrance. For short distances, the Rollator’s durable frame can support you on even the bumpiest of buses, and it’s reliable braking system can help keep you grounded on awkward journeys. However, if you’re heading out on a long-distance
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