Before you begin your search, it’s a good idea to ask yourself a few key questions. When considering these questions, try to think not just about your current needs, but also about any circumstances that may change in the future.
1) How will you get in and out of the car?
- Would wider or higher doors make getting in and out of the car easier?
- Will you require specialist equipment to help you access your car?
Considering questions such as these should help to narrow down your search list.the list of appropriate models.
2) What features will help you feel to make sure you’ll be comfortable in the driving seat?
3) Will you need specialist controls to help you stay safe on the road?
Some models may come with required controls built in, but if not, you may be able to find a model that you can adapt with additional controls. allows you to make the necessary adaptations.
4) Will you need to carry any specialist equipment with you?
- If so, will you need extra space in the car?
- If you use a wheelchair, what accommodations will help you to get in and out of the car more easily?
- Will you be loading and unloading your wheelchair from the boot, or will you be searching for a vehicle that allows you to travel sitting in your wheelchair?
If you take all of the above into account, this should help you in your search for the ideal car.
Here’s a list of our top tips for narrowing down your search:
1) Go automatic
An automatic vehicle is easier and less physically demanding to drive than one with a manual gearbox, as you won’t need to use the clutch to regularly shift between gears.
2) Look for a car with power-assisted steering
Most modern cars come with power-assisted steering built in. If the steering still feels too heavy, a specialist converter may be able to make the steering lighter for you.
3) Think about the ignition
If your RA limits movement or causes pain in your hands, wrists and arms, turning the key to start the ignition in your car can be difficult, even impossible on days where your joints are particularly stiff.
A push-button ignition can take the stress out of starting up your car. A lot of models with push-button starts also have a keyless entry system, which will unlock the car automatically for you when you’re in range and allow you to start up the vehicle as long as you have the key with you.