WAVs for Wheelchair Passengers
When choosing a wheelchair accessible vehicle, you’ll be looking for a car or MPV that has certain features, in order to suit your specific needs and requirements.
Room for Your Wheelchair or Scooter
You will need a WAV that has the correct space for your wheelchair or scooter. You should be able to move your wheelchair or scooter into and out of the vehicle with ease, avoiding any difficult manoeuvres that may cause damage to either your wheelchair or scooter or to the vehicle’s fittings.
By measuring the width of the widest point of your wheelchair or scooter and the width of the narrowest point of the WAV, you can check if your wheelchair or scooter will be able to enter the vehicle. Similarly the length of your wheelchair or scooter compared with the length of the wheelchair or scooter passenger space in the vehicle will also determine whether your wheelchair or scooter can be safely secured in the WAV.
The best way to be sure is to try your wheelchair or scooter in whichever WAV you are considering. If you intend to travel seated in your wheelchair, make sure you have enough space for your legs, as some chairs are longer than others and you may choose to sit with the leg rest elevated.
All Allied’s WAVs can accommodate at least two seated passengers as well as the wheelchair user and driver. Most also enable you to fold additional seats forward, to accommodate the wheelchair user or you can use these as normal, when required. However, watch out for some converters who may advertise vehicles which in fact have no rear seats as standard and will charge extra for these.
When viewing a wheelchair accessible vehicle, test the size and comfort of the seats. If a child seat is to be used it should be tested during your vehicle demonstration.
Room for Luggage
Always consider the equipment that you plan to take with you when you travel. Bear this in mind when viewing a WAV to establish whether the vehicle has adequate luggage space for your needs.
All Allied Mobility wheelchair accessible cars and MPVs are fitted with a lightweight, easy-to-use ramp. Larger minibuses, for group transport, may be fitted with either a folding ramp or tail lift. When choosing a ramp it is important to let the person who’ll be using the ramp try it out. Your helper should be able to assist you up the ramp and into the vehicle at all times, even when the vehicle is parked on a slope. The angle of the ramp will also affect how easily and safely you get in and out of the vehicle.
Some Allied WAVs offer a slope that is less steep by using longer ramps or by offering suspension that lowers the rear of the vehicle. Others have an electric winch to aid wheelchair entry and exit.
When parking you will have to allow space for the ramp or lift to fully extend for secure entry. Choosing a smaller vehicle could make this easier. Think about where you regularly park and the height of the wheelchair accessible vehicles you are considering, especially if you often park in a multi-story car park with a height restriction.
Ask what seating layouts are available to you. If your carer or family member needs easy access during a journey, the seating layout you choose should accommodate this.
Take into account the view you have from your wheelchair and your headroom, as these can differ in each vehicle conversion. If you wish to have more headroom, high roof WAVs are available.
All Allied Mobility wheelchair cars, MPVs and minibuses are fitted with high quality wheelchair securing systems and a wheelchair passenger seat belt. These essential items, together with the full vehicle adaptation, have all been thoroughly tested to meet stringent safety standards.