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Top Tips for looking after your Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

Due to the bespoke nature of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs), it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with all aspects of your vehicle and keep up to date with any regular maintenance required. To help you keep your WAV in good, safe working order, we spoke to some of our Motability WAV suppliers to get their expert advice.

Top Tips for looking after your Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle
  1. Make sure your tie-downs are in good working order before every journey – if you notice any signs of wear, for example fraying, get in touch with your supplier.
  2. Make sure everyone you travel with, particularly if you are travelling with someone for the first time, are comfortable and know the correct procedure for using the restraint systems in your WAV.
  3. If you have front wheel tie-downs, ensure that they are stowed away correctly and do not keep them extended when you are not in the vehicle. It may seem easier for when you next enter the WAV, as the person assisting you will not have to walk into the WAV to extend the restraints, however keeping them fully extended when not in use can cause damage to them.
  4. If you have a lift you should have an annual service to keep it working properly for you. Your WAV supplier should contact you when this is due, but you can always get in touch with them to arrange this
  5. Don’t forget, as with any vehicle, you should also be regularly making the following checks:
  • Engine oil
  • Windscreen washer fluid
  • Engine cooling system
  • Lights
  • Tyres are not worn below the legal limit of 1.6mm
  • Tyres are at the right pressure

If you’re considering a WAV for the first time, find out more here