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How do adaptations help?

Depending on the type of adaptations you choose, they help you drive, where previously you've been unable, remove the strain of accessing a car and stowing your wheelchair.

How do adaptations help?

We use the term adaptations for a range of different products that have been designed to help improve either your driving or travelling experience. But how do you know what you need? The best place to start is to think about your current car experiences and what you find difficult. With over 640,000 customers there are not many problems we haven’t encountered and we’re sure that there are adaptations to help make travelling either more comfortable or easier.

However, there are some issues which can be solved simply by choosing the right car. Features such as automatic gearbox, push-button ignition, parking sensors and boots with flat entry might make a huge difference. All Motability Scheme dealers will be able to recommend different models of cars that may suit your needs. However, if you suspect that you need more help with driving, accessing your car or stowing your wheelchair then adaptations could be the answer.

If when driving your car...

For example Consider
You have limited mobility or control in your legs Mechanical hand controls, electronic accelerators, steering aids and pedal guards
You have limited mobility in your right hand Mechanical hand controls or left foot accelerators
You have limited strength in your upper body Steering aids, remote control devices, easy release handbrakes and electronic accelerators

If you, or your carer, have difficulty stowing your wheelchair or scooter...

For example Consider
Your wheelchair or scooter is too heavy to lift and stow Car boot or rooftop hoists

If you use a wheelchair and would benefit from having a secondary lightweight wheelchair

For example Consider
Your wheelchair or scooter is too heavy to lift and stow Self-propelled or assistant-propelled lightweight manual wheelchair with your next car lease

Find out more about lightweight manual wheelchairs

If you believe an adaptation would help, but are unsure exactly what you need, expert advice can be found at one of our Motability Scheme adaptation installers who can give more tailored advice for your individual situation.

Some customers (or their named driver), may have driving licence restriction codes that require adaptations to be fitted to the car. If this is the case, make sure your adaptations installer is aware of these codes so they can recommend the right adaptations for your needs. If your needs have changed and the driving licence codes are no longer required you will need to contact the DVLA to discuss the codes being removed from the licence. The DVLA can be contacted by calling 0300 790 6801.

Remember, adaptations are not suitable for every type of car, so it's important to consider which adaptation you need before choosing your car.

To find out more about each type of adaptation, how it works and how it might help you, learn about adaptations available on the Scheme.

Independent advice

If you've never driven with an adaptation before, it may be worth visiting a Driving Mobility  assessment centre. Driving Mobility has centres across the UK with qualified occupational therapists and driving instructors on hand to help determine which adaptations would best suit your particular needs. Call our Customer Services team on 0300 456 4566 if you would like to arrange a Driving Mobility assessment.