Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles – Chelmsford
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles Chelmsford
One of the main features to consider when buying a WAV is whether to have a ramp or lift for entry into the vehicle:
- A ramp will generally take up more room than a lift and will need more space at the back when you are parked and wish to use your wheelchair.
- To ensure that you are able to use it safely a ramp must not be too steep (a 1 in 4 gradient or 13 in the right slope).
- A longer ramp would be less steep but would take up more room. It would also be heavier and harder to use.
- A powered wheelchair should be able to access the ramp into the vehicle under its own power but in some cases you may need help.
- Make sure the ramp has a raised edge to prevent the wheelchair slipping off.
- Do not travel across the slope of the ramp or you may turn the wheelchair over.
- As not all vehicles have room to turn the wheelchair around inside, you will need to be able to reverse the wheelchair. This can sometimes be quite tricky.
- Always make sure you can operate the ramp safely as they can be heavy and folding ramps require locking into place before use.
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Some WAVs have sloping and lowered floors and this means that the outside part of the ramp can be made shorter as the floor can be used as a continuation of the ramp. This reduces the ground clearance, which may be a problem with any bumps in the road.
- A lift can be more expensive than a ramp as they are always powered and operated either by a wireless control or wired panel.
- Some people prefer a lift, as they do not need to reverse the wheelchair.
- As with a ramp, a lift should have raised edges to prevent you slipping off.
- Any lift loose components will need to be safely secured for travel and advice should be sought about the best alternative.
A WAV is a conversion from an existing vehicle, either a new car, van or MPV but still has to meet the same standards as a vehicle that has not been converted. When you take delivery of your WAV, the company should provide you with all the necessary Approval documents regarding the conversion. You should be shown how to use the various features and you should be sure that you are entirely happy with the vehicle before you leave.
Free brochure, home demonstration or photos of the Wheelchair Adapted Car you’re interested in, sent to your email address, just use the online form above right or complete this online search form.
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