Here at Arbury we have a huge selection of brand new cars on the Motability scheme, and we’re keen to help you adapt them to suit your needs. Adaptations are devices that can be fitted to a vehicle ensure that getting in and out of the car is made easier, and to make driving safer and more comfortable. There are a number of adaptations available - many for no extra cost - which could improve your motoring experience.
Adaptations can help with:
Speed and steering
Signalling and safety
Seating and access
If you think you may benefit from an adaptation in your new car, Motability's Managed Adaptations Programme offers a wide variety of options that could make your driving experience more comfortable. The Programme takes away the hassle by managing the process for you from start to finish.
Since 2015, Arbury have offered even more from Motability by making a wider range of adaptations even more affordable so that you can adapt your car to suit your individual needs. A good starting point would be to consider your current driving experience - what areas are more difficult or uncomfortable?
In some cases, mobility issues can be resolved by simply choosing the right car. Car designs are constantly evolving and features such as automatic transmission, automatic sliding doors, start button ignition and parking sensors, can all help make driving easier. The range of cars available to lease through Motability is increasingly affordable, so there may be one that's already perfect for you.
However, if you think that an adaptation would be useful, it is advisable to consider this at the same time as choosing your Arbury vehicle. The majority of common adaptations can be made to fit most cars, although some may be more suitable than others.
Here are some key things to think about and the next steps you can take:
The Forum of Mobility Centres (who can be contacted on 0800 559 3636 or by visiting their website) or a Motability accredited adaptation installer will be able to give you expert advice on choosing the right adaptation to suit your individual needs, along with the most suitable vehicle models.
Consider your daily travel and how an adaptation may impact this. For example, if you are considering a wheelchair stowage system for the roof of your car, height restrictions on car parks may pose some issues.
Once you have found the adaptation you need, your car dealer will be able to order both the car and the adaptations of your choice through the Motability Managed Adaptations Programme. This allows for you to get a great deal, and your new car will be delivered with the adaptations installed and ready to drive away.
Push/Pull hand control
If you are unable to use the foot pedals in your car, a push and pull device will enable you to control the speed with your hand.
Operation: Push the lever forward to apply the brake and pull it backwards to apply the accelerator.
Similar to the push and pull control, the radial accelerator can help you control the speed of your car if you are unable to use the foot controls.
Operation: To accelerate, push downwards on the lever in a slight radial action, pushing the lever away from the body to brake.
Steering Wheel Ball
Steering wheel ball If you have difficulty holding or turning a steering wheel or have the use of only one hand, having a steering wheel ball fitted means you will have more control when steering your car.
Operation: Simply hold the ball, making sure your hand is comfortable, and use it to turn the steering wheel in the direction you need.
Left Foot Accelerator
If you are unable to use your right leg, you could use a pedal transfer to switch the accelerator to the opposite side, enabling you to control the speed with your left foot.
Operation: For a twin flip accelerator, you pull down the pedal required and the other pedal flips up automatically. You can then use that pedal while the other is safely folded up out of the way. Floor mounted left foot accelerators operate with a guard to cover the pedal not in use.
Easy Release Handbrake
Easy release hand brake If you have limited strength or flexibility in your arms an easy release handbrake device will reduce the effort needed to apply and release the hand brake.
Operation: This will depend on the type of device you choose. Some are operated by buttons and some by a small lever.
Infrared controls If you have limited movement in your upper body, infrared controls can bring everything to your fingertips. They make it easier to manage certain functions in your car, which make it safer or more comfortable to drive.
Operation: This is a simple keypad, which is often attached to the steering wheel. You simply press the button of the function you need.
Wheelchair stowage: electric boot hoist
If you cannot lift your wheelchair into your boot an electric hoist will solve this problem by easily taking the weight and manoeuvring into the boot of your car.
Operation: This will depend on the model but most are similar in operation. Once you have attached the wheelchair, use the electric keypad to lift and move the wheelchair into the boot.
Rooftop Wheelchair Stowage
If you need your boot to store other things such as luggage, equipment or even the dog, you might want to store your wheelchair in a rooftop box.
Operation: This will depend on the model but most are similar in operation. Once you have attached the wheelchair, a hand-held control operates the lifting, folding and storage of the wheelchair.
If you have limited body movement or stiff legs a swivel seat can help you get in and out of the car more easily. They can also increase driver and passenger comfort.
Operation: A remote control operates the chair as it turns out to face the driver or passenger, allowing plenty of space to sit down on the chair. Use the remote control to then move the chair round into the required position.
Whether you require a simple steering ball or full hand controls. We can help you get the right products fitted to your new Arbury vehicle ready for you to collect and enjoy. Please contact us for further details.