Adaptions at Holden
Here are some of the adaptations we can fit to your vehicle. If you have specific requirements you would like to discuss contact our Motability specialists who can advise you on what we can offer and make recommendations.
Your questions answered
Driving adaptations are a range of mechanical and electronic devices that can be fitted to your car to make driving easier. Even a simple adaptation can make driving safer, in some cases they can enable you to drive when it would otherwise be impossible.
What kind of adaptation do I need?
This will vary person to person, but think about your current driving experience or lack of and the reasons related to that. Which areas have become uncomfortable? do you have a weak grip? can you reach the pedals properly? can you enter the vehicle easily? an adaptation exists to help with all manner of impairments including easy release handbrakes, push/pull brake, left foot accelerator, pedal guards, steering wheel balls, wheelchair hoists, infrared controls to name a few.
How much will my adaptation cost?
If you receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance or the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement you simply exchange this for a vehicle of your choice. Many of the most common adaptations are available at no extra cost to you when fitted at the start of your lease, some may require payment as part of your advance payment.
Do I have to be in receipt of DLA or WPM?
You don't have to be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or War Pensioners Mobility Supplement to have an adaptation fitted, we can fit to almost any vehicle and you would simply pay for the supply and fitting, likewise we work closely with local car dealers to supply and fit adaptations to their customers vehicles.
Things to consider:
- How limited is your movement?
- How much leg room do you need?
- Do you suffer from spasms?
- How strong/weak is your grip?
- Can you hold your arms out straight?
- Can you move your fingers easily?
- Do you use any other mobility aids, scooter, wheelchair?
- Size and weight of your chair or scooter?
- Is the car seat height comfortable/adjustable?
- Can you transfer to seat easily?
- Is your condition likely to change in the future, plan ahead.
Push/Pull Hand Controls
If you are unable or have difficulty using foot pedals for braking or acceleration then a hand control device, such as a push/pull or radial accelerator may work for you. There are numerous manfacturers that supply these fittings but the basic function is the same across most models available.
To contol the foot pedals you use levers connected to the pedals which allow you to use your hands to push or pull a hand grip to control the speed and braking of your car. You can choose from basic mechanical push/pull systems to air compressed versions.
A common condition is limited mobility in the right leg and using conventional pedals when driving can be difficult, a left foot accelerator is available to alleviate this. This system transfers the original acceleration control of the car to an extra pedal fitted on the left hand side, the right hand pedal is folded safely out of the way. In most cases the orignal controls will still work as normal so a nominated driver can still drive the vehicle without having to use the adaptations.
We work with the following adaptation manufacturers
- Adaptacar Ltd
- Alfred Bekker
- AutoAdapt UK
- Autochair Ltd
- Brig-Ayd Controls
- Elap Mobility
- Jeff Gosling Ltd
- Jim Doran Hand Controls
Electronic Hand Controls
Operate your vehicles secondary functions at the touch of a button. If reaching the switches in your car is difficult an electronic/infra red steering control can bring them to your fingertips. Simply touch the button to conrol the indicators, horn, wipers, lights and audio.
The control mounts directly to the steering wheel and is usually used on conjunction with a steering wheel ball. There are a good choice of grips available for single handed use and 5,9, 12 or 18 functions available depending on your needs.
Simply press the clearly marked buttons, allowing you to keep your hand in one place whilst driving.
Steering Wheel Ball
If you find it difficult to hold and turn the steering wheel a steering wheel ball will give you more control when steering your car. The 'mushroom' is the most common although a large range of other grip styles are also available to suit.
You simply hold the steering ball in your hand and use it to move the wheel in the direction you want to go. If you're having hand controls fitted then expect to need a steering wheel ball too because it enables you to steer the car with one hand while operating your hand controls with the other.
Holding the ball with one hand allows you to rotate the steering wheel in either direction without adjusting your grip.
Left Foot Accelerators
If you are unable to use your right leg for braking and accelerating, this adaptation allows you to use your left foot instead. The controls are normally ‘twin flip’ so you can choose either the left or right pedals depending on who is driving.
The pedal operates as any other accelerator in either left or right hand positions and can be swapped by simply pulling the relevant pedal down into position. The unused pedal automatically stows out of sight.
Easy Release Handbrake
If you find it difficult to press the button when releasing your handbrake, then an easy release gives you the leverage to use it with comfort. Also available for the buttons on automatic gear levers.
Alternatively an electric handbrake could help make things easier, as it can be operated from a single button. This feature is becoming much more common in new cars so be sure to check for this in the specification.
An additional handle presses the button and provides more leverage
Wheelchair Lifting & Storage
Wheelchairs and scooters can be heavy, if you have trouble lifting either into the boot of your car or you need your boot space for other means there are 2 types of stowage systems available to you.
- A hoist which stores your wheelchair in your car boot
- A hoist which stores a folded wheelchair in a box on the roof of your car
Both are operated by a single button, be sure to talk to our adaptation specialist to be sure you pick the right hoist for you and your wheelchair/scooter. Some hoists lift the chair into the vehicle, others still require you to push the wheelchair into position.
A rooftop system lifts your folded chair to a secure storage box on the roof for either the driver or front passenger. The car boot space is then all yours.
It is important to remember that hoists come in varying weights depending on the weight you need to lift, with 2 way or 4 way options. They aren't suitable for every car or wheelchair so be sure to seek advice.
Most systems are operated by the press of a button on a remote control once you’ve attached your wheelchair or scooter ready for lifting.
Are you finding it difficult to get in and out of your car with ease? There are a number of seating solutions that can help. Sometimes a simple swivel cushion will do the job meaning you can sit down then twist into position with minimum effort.
If you require more assistance you may benefit from having a swivel seat, slight differences can be expected between manufacturers but the basic movement is the same, the whole chair turns so that you can enter the car without having to bend and twist.
Manual or electrically operated seats turn out of the vehicle providing more space to transfer, sit down or stand up. Once seated the seat then swivels into position and locks in place for safety whilst driving.
Specialist Seating Systems
A large range of specialist seating systems are available and are designed to be tailored to your individual needs. Call us for more details.