Transport can be one of the many difficulties faced by families who care for a disabled child.
Lynette Clark, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, recently went in search of a wheelchair accessible mobility car to help with her daughter’s transportation needs. After discovering the Peugeot Independence from Allied Mobility, Lynette couldn’t be happier.
Amy, aged 10, suffers from a condition known as Cerebral Palsy which affects movement, posture and co-ordination. In their standard car, mum Lynette had to transfer Amy into a child seat. But as Amy has grown, lifting her in and out of the car was no longer an option and stopped the family from getting out and about as much as they would like.
In her search for a solution, Lynette discovered the Peugeot Independence mobility car from Allied Mobility. The Independence meets all her travelling needs: Amy can now travel whilst remaining in her wheelchair without the need to transfer to a passenger seat so there is no lifting involved.
The Peugeot Independence is an ideal family people carrier, accommodating up to six passenger seats plus driver and wheelchair passenger. Allied’s most flexible mobility car offers a variety of seating layouts to suit customer preferences. The SE model offers the added option of a lowered floor, providing even more headroom for taller wheelchair passengers. The Independence Twin model can accommodate up to two wheelchair passengers, an option that is not widely found.
Wheelchair Accessible Features
Featuring lowering suspension together with the unique EasyFold™ lightweight folding rear ramp, the Motability accredited Independence has one of the UK’s lowest ramp gradients, easing wheelchair entry and exit. The Independence comes with full lap and diagonal wheelchair passenger seatbelt and Motability-standard high quality wheelchair restraints.
Lynette comments: “Searching for a WAV was a bit daunting at first but the people at Allied Mobility were really helpful. We opted for the Independence because it’s the perfect size for us.”
Lynette continues: “On my free demonstration my Mobility Consultant showed me carefully how to use all the accessible features. They’re really simple to use, its accessibility is absolutely brilliant and it’s an easy car to drive too. Now it just takes a few minutes to get Amy into the car which is a lovely change.
“As a result, we get out and about so much more now”
The family are making full use of their new spacious accessible car. “Rod, Amy’s dad and her sister Paige really like the car too. Because it so quick and easy to pop out now, we’ve been going on a lot of day trips here and there. We went to Brighton last week and, the next day, went to the National Park for a picnic. We’re really making the most of the lovely summer weather.”
Amy has regular hospital appointments in London that she needs to travel to and having her new car has made each trip a breeze. Lynette explains: “Every few months we need to travel to London for Amy’s checkups. With our new WAV, these journeys are now so much more hassle free.”
Allied Mobility advisors are available seven days a week to help with any information you need. “Allied were so helpful and our Mobility Consultant answered all the questions we had. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a great mobility car.”