Wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAV) are regular cars that have been modified to carry a wheelchair. The user can remain seated in their chair within the cabin or access the driver’s seat. The aim of these types of Motability vehicles is to carry motorists with a disability while still having room for passengers and luggage.
A similar option is a Drive From Wheelchair Vehicle (DFW). They usually feature fewer passenger seats and the ramp is operated automatically, so you can access the car with no assistance. DFWs also allow you to position your wheelchair behind the wheel so you can drive from it. This type of adapted car will require other modifications such as hand controls, and is most often a more expensive option.
Call on a Gates Ford Motability expert in Essex or Hertfordshire for help deciding if a WAV or DFW is the right fit for you. One of our experts will also explain the other adaptations that can be made and which models they apply to. Get in touch through the website, call us, or visit in person.
Deciding whether a WAV or other modified car is right for you will depend on your individual circumstances. Generally, these types of cars are most suitable for motorists that have very limited mobility, and remaining in their wheelchair is the most comfortable option. Otherwise, the Scheme’s other adaptations may be a better fit. They include hoists and swivel chairs alongside driver and stowage adaptations.
The main benefit of a WAV or DFW is their simple usability. As ramps or electric lifts give easy access to the cabin you typically don’t need much help from others. This means greater independence and the freedom to travel when you like. Innovative storage solutions also retain enough space for luggage and other important items you need to carry.